By GALEN HOLLEY
After conducting a nationwide search that spanned a year, the Grenada City Council voted unanimously Monday to temporarily stop looking for a city manager.
An exasperated Ward Seven Councilman Ronnie Merrriman suggested that since the council hadn’t taken any real action on the matter, it was time to call it quits.
“If I had applied for this job, way back last summer, and I hadn’t heard anything by now, I would assume that the position was no longer open,” said Merriman.
Ward Three Councilman Lewis Johnson seconded the motion, but didn’t share Merriman’s frustration.
“I’m glad that we came to the point where the matter isn’t simply hanging,” Johnson said after the meeting.
Charles “Jo Jo” Weathers has served as interim city manager since May of last year.
The council’s search yielded 26 applicants, according to City Attorney Mary Brown. However, only four of the council members, including Mayor Billy Collins, turned in their selections for most viable candidates.
The search seemed to have died by attrition, according to Collins.
“I think that, given the circumstances, this was the best decision, unfortunate as it may be,” Collins said after the meeting. “We’ve waited far too long to choose a viable candidate and discontinuing the search, at least for now, seemed to be the only reasonable option.”
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