Council takes manager off interim status

EAST PALESTINE -- City council gave City Manager Gary Clark a vote of confidence, removing him from interim status after two months on the job.
Clark's salary will remain $58,350 annually.
Council voted in September to make Clark the city manager on an interim basis, with an evaluation after six months. Councilwoman Becky Burns, however, recommended to council Oct. 28 that Clark be given the job permanently.
Clark, who was the city's police chief 25 years, began duties as city manager Sept. 14, replacing Patricia Quigley, who left to become city manager of Woodstock, Ga.
Burns said Clark earned the right to have the interim status removed early. She said he tackled a list of unresolved issues that had been on council's agenda for more than a year and communicates well with council and department heads.
Council approved making Clark manager with the option he could return to the chief's position if he decided he didn't want the manager's job. Clark said the idea of going back never entered his mind.
Council agreed to give Clark the job after the three previous managers were hired from outside the city. Quigley came from Oregon, Kim Haws from Arizona and Ken Francis from central Ohio.
Clark was among the applicants when Quigley and Haws were hired.

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