EAST PALESTINE Council is expected to name police chief interim manager

The police chief applied for the manager's position twice previously.
EAST PALESTINE -- City council will vote Sept. 10 to name Police Chief Gary Clark as interim city manager.
Councilwoman Becky Burns said she received calls from city employees and many citizens in support of Clark, who has been police chief for 20 years. He applied for the position two years ago and in 1997.
Council met Monday in executive session for about an hour, and called Clark into the meeting, Councilwoman Margo Zuch said.
Manager's resignation: City Manager Patricia Quigley resigned last week, effective Sept. 13, to accept a position as city manager of Woodstock Ga., a community of about 13,000 residents north of Atlanta.
Council members contacted last week after Quigley's resignation said they strongly believed council should consider local candidates this time. Three previous city managers relocated to the area. Ken Francis came from central Ohio, Kim Haws from Arizona, and Quigley from Oregon.
Unanimous vote: Burns said council voted unanimously to have law director Bradley Allison draw up a contract for Clark.
"There are a few details to be ironed out yet, but no one is worried," Burns said.
She said council will vote on the contract as emergency legislation, effective immediately upon passage.
"I am very excited about Gary having the opportunity for this position," Burns said. "I supported Gary previously and we never interviewed him. He is very knowledgeable in writing grants. He has brought thousands of dollars to the city through grants. He is extremely intelligent, knows the city and the people, and can pick up the ball and run like crazy with it."
Zuch expressed similar sentiment.
"Gary has proved himself as a good city employee," she said. "We know the caliber of this man. He can hit the ground running. This is absolutely the best decision we could make."

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