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How the Clearwater Parks and Recreation director responded to his firing

“I look back favorably on the many positive strides”

On Wednesday, after more than 20 years at the helm of the Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department, Kevin Dunbar was fired.

Several hours after the announcement came down from City Manager Bill Horne, Dunbar offered the following written statement:

“While I believe much of the information presented to the public did not offer an accurate picture of the events that led to today, I look back favorably on the many positive strides we made to improve the quality of life in our great city over my 20 years. I have so many people in the Tampa Bay community to thank for their friendship and support, people who helped with much of what we were able to accomplish.”

Read the full story about the shakeup at the top of Clearwater’s second-largest department here.

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