. This seems significant. Although Otis Rolley, the former chief of staff who left on apparently good terms, is off the site, Fire Chief William Goodwin and Parks and Recreation Director Connie A. Brown are still there, even though Goodwin tendered his resignation two weeks ago and Brown was ousted, rather abruptly, last week. Officially, as of this writing, McCarthy is "on indefinite leave" and using up his vacation and sick days. He was removed without notice on Monday, and in response to reporters' queries, the mayor's office has released just two cryptic statements, the final one saying Dixon was "shocked and disappointed." An e-mail and call to the mayor's office were redirected to Sterling Clifford, the police department spokesman who is filling in for McCarthy temporarily. He did not return the phone message.