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RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney parted way with several City Hall leaders this week.

The mayor promised during his campaign to restructure City Hall as needed.

"This is what change looks like," Stoney said Thursday.

The following employees are no longer with the city:

Dr. Emmanuel Adediran, Department of Public Works Director

Mr. Johnny McLean, Human Resources Director

Debra Gardner, Human Services Director

Robert Creecy, Chief of Richmond Fire Department

"This is what I ran on, on shaking up City Hall and putting the proper people in the right places and that`s what we’re going to do,” Stoney said of the changes. "I cannot predict whether or not there will be more, but that remains to be seen.”

(L to R) Emmanuel Adediran, Robert Creecy, Debra Gardner

(L to R) Emmanuel Adediran, Robert Creecy, Debra Gardner

CBS 6 initially reported, after high-level sources confirmed, that the four leaders were fired.

City leadership later emphasized that they have parted ways with the individuals, and would not confirm if the employees were fired.

"We're not going to comment on personnel matters at this time," said the mayor.

CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit has confirmed three of the four former department heads will receive severance pay.

Gardner will receive $43,026, McLean will receive $37,638 and Former Fire Chief Robert Creecy will receive $35,776.

Former Department of Public Works Director Emmanuel Adediran did not receive a severance package.

Last year a city audit revealed Adediran, a member of former Mayor Dwight Jones' church, used work email to send and receive messages related to church business.

The mayor's office then distributed a press release Thursday evening announcing interim appointments.

Bobby Vincent Jr. is the Interim Director, Department of Public Works. Debbie Patricia Jackson will serve as Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Human Services. David Daniels has been named Interim Fire Chief.

In addition to the appointments, the mayor announced management of the Department of Human Resources will transition from the Human Services portfolio to being under the direction of the Finance and Administration portfolio overseen by Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Lenora Reid.

In September 2016, ahead of the election, Mayor Stoney promised to review city hall and realign it. 

When asked about the Dwight Jones administration and some of the city’s recent investments, Stoney laid out his philosophy and how he would do business as the city’s next mayor.

“On the first day of this campaign, I called for a comprehensive performance audit review of every single department in city hall. I want to know how the top performers are and I want to know who the under performers are. We could restructure, realign city hall and we can actually strengthen some of our internal controls and I will invest those dollars back into public education. Public education will be my number one priority,” said Stoney.

“Number two, I will speak to the Redskins, Stone Brewing and UCI Bike Race. We’ve been able to roll out the red carpet... But we’ve been unable to roll out the red carpet for the entrepreneurs, small business owners and taxpayers who live right here in the City of Richmond, who pay their taxes here every single day. I think the next mayor has to focus on that because you pay a premium to live in this city, don’t you think you deserve premium services?”