A week after describing a disconnect between the City Council and City Manager Maurice Jones, Mayor Nikuyah Walker, alongside her council colleagues, announced that Jones’ contract, which ends Dec. 7, will not be extended or renewed.

Friday’s announcement was made after a closed council meeting held just four days after the body met in another closed meeting for Jones’ semi-annual performance review. The council held a similar closed meeting last month.

“It has become clear to us that what our city needs at this critical juncture is a fresh perspective and a new direction,” Walker said, reading from a prepared statement.