City officials say that issues surrounding the production of “SpongeBob SquarePants 2” are behind the termination Monday of Jay Self, who has served as director of Savannah Film Services for 18 years.
Self was notified of his suspension prior to dismissal on Sept. 23 for his “failure to properly plan and manage the arrangement for the movie,” according to a memo from Joe Shearouse, bureau chief of the leisure services department.
Shearouse claims in the memo that concerns with Self’s job performance stemmed back to at least late August. That’s when he informed Self his position as director was in jeopardy, after Self had assured City Manager Stephanie Cutter in mid-July that all issues with businesses related to the movie would be resolved.
In addition, Shearouse states that the city manager and mayor have received numerous complaints concerning Self’s role in coordinating arrangement for the movie from local businesses, the Savannah Economic Development Authority, officials with the state of Georgia, and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.