Members of Brooklyn Community Board 9 voted Tuesday to remove their longstanding top administrator, following hours of debate and a year of controversy surrounding the board’s handling of a rezoning proposal in the area, DNAInfo.com reported.
District Manager Pearl Miles has been stripped of her title “effective immediately” after 30 years of service, said board chairman Demetrius Lawrence after the vote Tuesday night. Thirty-two board members voted to remove her, he said, with seven “no” votes and three abstentions.
The board considered the decision in a two-hour, closed-door executive session during a monthly full board meeting held at M.S. 61 in Crown Heights in which Miles was given a chance to respond to a letter of intent to remove her sent by Lawrence and CB9’s top leaders last week.
The letter claimed Miles engaged in “a longstanding pattern of misconduct,” “unprofessional behavior” and has left locals feeling that she is “gravely out of touch with the community that she is employed to serve.”
Video: Pearl Miles voted out as District Manager
Those charges have also been leveled at Miles by the local activist group Movement to Protect the People, who repeatedly asked for her resignation in the past year as the board considered a controversial request to the Department of City Planning to begin a rezoning study in the district, including Crown Heights and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, reported DNAInfo.
Seven CB9 members have been appointed to head up a search committee to find a replacement for Miles, which will begin work this week to find appropriate candidates.
Miles says Borough President Eric Adams seemed to have schemed to have her fired because at 66 she was “too old” for the job, according to a $10 million lawsuit, The NY Post reported.
Miles, who served as district manager for 22 years following eight as an assistant, claims that Adams worked behind the scenes to force her ouster — even though as a state senator in 2011 he wrote a glowing commendation of her, the suit claims.
“I was told, you’re too old. You need to retire,” Miles told The Post, referring to Adams’ allies on the board. “Ever since Eric Adams came into office I feel they have been trying to get me out.”
Miles is seeking $7,500 in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages for “pain and anguish.”