By GALEN HOLLEY
The Grenada City Council doesn’t appear to be any closer to hiring a city manager, even though most councilmen say they’d like to see someone hired soon.
At Monday’s meeting, Ward Seven Councilman Ronnie Merriman asked his fellow councilmen where they were in process of sifting through the resumes given to them several weeks ago by City Attorney Mary Brown.
“I’m not sure how much more time we need,” said Merriman. “I finished mine in about two hours,” he said.
Brown asked the councilmen, along with Mayor Billy Collins, to trim the stack of 26 resumes and to rate their top picks on a scale form one to 10.
Grenada has been looking for a city manager since last spring, when then City Manager Andrew Smith was forced to resign after just one month on the job. Since then, Interim City Manager Charles “Jo Jo” Weathers has filled the position.
“Can we set a date?” Merriman asked, referring the time line for hiring a new manger.
Ward Three Councilman Lewis Johnson answered Merriman brusquely.
“I’m not in a hurry, councilman,” Johnson said.
Brown said she was waiting on all the councilmen to turn in their recommendations. Ward Four Councilman the Rev. Ernest Hargrove, Ward One Councilman Warren Cox, and Ward Six Councilman Larry Vance, along with Mayor Billy Collins previously told the GrenadaStar that they’d handed in their recommendations.
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