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The firing that will shake Birmingham

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Dec 05 2017 11:20 PM

Don't underestimate what happened in Birmingham this week.


Arcadis - the engineering giant formerly known as Malcolm Pirnie - summarily fired Jerry Jones, its vice president in Birmingham.


It terminated the guy who got things done. It fired the rainmaker, the man who cultivated the Birmingham Water Works as a cash cow, a multi-million dollar engineering boon.


Don't underestimate what it means. Don't for a minute think the company, which has made millions from the water works for the decade-plus Jones has been working for the company in Birmingham, would do it lightly.


Arcadis, in a statement from spokesman Brad Jones, said the company learned that a single employee violated company policies and "immediately launched a very thorough internal investigation into the matter. In addition, it fully cooperated with state and federal authorities."


It then fired Jones.


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