City Councilmember Zack Matheny had some choice words about the press release titled “City of Greensboro Statement,” shortly after it was released at 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, and later he called for a full investigation.

That City of Greensboro statement refuted statements made by Mayor Nancy Vaughan and City Councilmember Tammi Thurm about why former City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba unexpectedly resigned during the Tuesday, March 5 City Council meeting.

Both said that Jaiyeoba had violated a city policy for which other employees had been fired.

The City of Greensboro statement said that wasn’t true. It stated that there had been no investigation and “Consequently, without an investigation, no determination can be established regarding any alleged breaches of personnel policy.”

Matheny called for that investigation in an email he sent out shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 7.

Matheny’s email to fellow members of the City Council, senior city staff and others states:

“Who agreed to this statement as sent ‘by the city’? I absolutely disagree with the wording of this statement and would never have voted to send this out.

“While we attempted to keep our discussions in closed session closed, the facts are the facts. The manager did not resign due to the issues with Dec 28.

“For the ‘City’ to issue this statement, without consent is aggressive, not only as the city’s behalf, but those involved in his resignation.

“Based on this statement, I hearby request a full and total investigation of the city manager’s actions that led to the resignation and all components involved.

“If this is not done, then there will be no full transparency.  It is a shame the city chose to release such an argumentative statement in relation to what we were told in closed session.

“This further confuses and distorts the truth, and is a compete disappointment.

“While this could have been an easy departure, the city has made this an even more difficult and arduous situation, that now must be investigated properly and reported.”

Matheny will need the support of a majority of the City Council to force an investigation of “the city manager’s actions that led to the resignation and all components involved.”

But, at least, one member of the City Council is calling for transparency. Since Jan. 24 when the Rhino Times broke the story about the domestic disturbance at Jaiyeoba’s home on Dec. 28, 2023, the city has been in a cover-up mode. The police report on the incident was hidden from the public. The city refused to release the Metro 911 calls until Vaughan and City Attorney Chuck Watts got involved.

The city is currently in court attempting to keep the public from viewing the body-worn camera footage of the incident even after their release was ordered by a North Carolina Superior Court judge.

And then, on March 5, during the middle of City Council meeting, the city manager suddenly resigns. Vaughan and city councilmembers have said repeatedly that the Jaiyeoba’s resignation was not related to the domestic disturbance incident on Dec. 28.

Both Vaughan and Thurm said the resignation was because of a violation of city policy.

But the “City of Greensboro” says that’s not true.

It certainly appears that an investigation is necessary and when that investigation is complete the residents of Greensboro deserve to know what in the world was going on at city hall.