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   Last week saw a large turnover for the city of Grenada as three long-time employees stepped aside and the search continued for a city manager.
   Friday, Chief Detective Russell Carver assumed the role of interim chief of the Grenada Police Department.
   Carver, a 28-year veteran and grandfather of six, succeeded Chief James Fox who retired Friday.  Fox was appointed to the chief’s desk four years ago after retiring from the police department with the rank of major.
   According to Interim City Manager Charles “JoJo” Weathers, Carver’s exemplary service record made him a natural choice for the interim position.
   “I went through his record, and it was nearly perfect,” said Weathers, who added that he had been deliberating the choice for some time.
   Grenada started a national search for a new police chief after Fox announced his retirement in May. According to Weathers, there are currently nine applicants for the job, five of whom will begin their lengthy interview processes Thursday. Weathers said he will interview two applicants on Thursday, two on Friday and one next Monday. Carver is among those being seriously considered to fill the position, Weathers said.
   The city manager said that he will not appoint a new assistant police chief until the top position has been filled.
   Assistant Police Chief Erby Montgomery retired last week after 24 years on the force.
   Weathers hopes to appoint a new chief by early August.
   Friday was also the last day for City Clerk Diane Spencer.
   Spencer began her career with the city of Grenada 37 years ago and took the clerk’s desk in 2003.
   At a cake and ice-cream social in her honor on Friday, Grenada Mayor Billy Collins called Spencer a “dedicated employee” who worked long hours and dealt gracefully with difficult situations.
   Spencer, a member of Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, said she viewed her work as a ministry and would miss serving the citizens of Grenada.
   Spencer’s interim replacement is her long-time co-worker, Deputy City Clerk Jean Nichols.
   City Manager Weathers said Friday that he had at least three applicants for the city clerk position.
   As to the national search to fill his own post, Weathers said it was being handled by the office of City Attorney Mary Brown. Although Brown could not be reached for comment, Weathers said that this, his fourth stint as city manager, was going reasonably well.
   Weathers was ousted as interim city manager by the Grenada City Council in May. He was soon reinstated to his post, however, after his replacement, Andrew Smith, resigned under a cloud of controversy after just three weeks on the job.
   A notice posted at Grenada City Hall lists July 6 as the cutoff date for applications for the city manager’s job.

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