City Atty. Elbert Jefferson said he predicts Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery will suspend him in an effort to quickly push him out of City Hall.
Jefferson spoke with members of the media shortly after Lowery asked the council to defer a vote replacing Jefferson as city attorney with former U.S. Atty. Veronica Coleman-Davis.
Lowery said he wanted to hold the vote for two weeks in light of a court case - Jefferson has sued Lowery for forcing him out of City Hall prematurely.
But Jefferson said the deferral was part of a larger scheme to get him out of a job without City Council approval.
"When I'm suspended, it doesn't go before the City Council," Jefferson said. "I understand that the City Council has no control over suspensions."
Some council members were adamant in their disapproval of Lowery's attempt to push Jefferson out of a job and it is unclear if Lowery has the seven votes needed to replace Jefferson with Coleman-Davis, who Lowery named as the city's deputy city attorney on Monday.
Jefferson maintains that he's done nothing wrong.
"You can only suspend with cause," Jefferson said. "So, if you've contrived a scheme to suspend me that absolutely is not right, it is absolutely wrong."
Jefferson said he understands that as an appointed official, he serves at the will and pleasure of the mayor. But he contends that Lowery overstepped his bounds by forcing him to leave City Hall last week without council approval.