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Savannah’s film office director suspended pending termination

Special to SEGAZINE

Savannah Film Services Director Jay Self was suspended pending dismissal on Monday, according to a statement issued by city spokesman Bret Bell regarding the matter. Self is appealing the personnel action.

As this is an ongoing personnel matter, the city officials will have no further comment at this time, Bell said Wednesday morning.

Leisure Services Bureau Chief Joe Shearouse, together with employees of the Film Service Office, have assumed duties related to the ongoing Paramount Film production in Savannah.

The Savannah Film Commission, which serves as a 19-member advisory board to the film office, does not know the details of Self’s suspension, said Michael Jarema, commission chairman. A special called meeting has been scheduled for 4 p.m. today, when Shearouse is expected to give the commission a briefing on the matter, although it was unlikely too much regarding the personnel matter would be revealed, Jarema said

The suspension comes after the office announced in July that the feature film “SpongeBob SquarePants 2” will be shooting in the Savannah area this month through November.

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