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PETERSBURG, Va. -- Acting Petersburg City Manager Dironna Moore Belton has been removed from that job, CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil confirmed.

Belton was informed of the decision Tuesday morning.

She has not been fired from the city, rather, she will return to the transportation department.

Belton worked in the transportation department before serving as acting city manager.

The decision to remove Belton comes just about a week after Petersburg City Council voted to hire a group led by former Richmond City Manager Robert Bobb to come up with a plan to get Petersburg on track.

The Bobb Group is tasked with figuring out what actions need to be taken to help the troubled city emerge from a major budget crisis.

Petersburg is $19 million in debt.

At a City Council meeting in September,  some residents spoke out in favor of Belton and even started a petition to keep her as a permanent city manager.

Belton had said she would like to keep the job on a permanent basis. Belton was initially hired as the city’s interim city manager back in March, after the firing of former city manager William Johnson.

This is a developing story.