By GALEN HOLLEY
It hasn’t set a hard date, but the Grenada City Council is inching toward hiring a new city manager.
Several councilmen said Monday that they’d worked through the 26 resumes given to them by City Attorney Mary Brown. Others said they were still considering the candidates.
The councilmen, along with Mayor Billy Collins, were asked to trim the stack of resumes and to rate the candidates on scale from one to 10, with 10 being the most preferable.
“I’m currently reviewing the resumes, and I want to make a careful, informed decision,” said Ward Five Councilman the Rev. Timothy Chism. The city would be remiss, Chism said, if it rushed into making a decision.
“I want to give the process a fair amount of time,” said Ward Four Councilman the Rev. Ernest Hargrove, who had already turned in his recommendations to the city attorney, he said.
“We’re not going to rush it,” said Ward Six Councilman Larry Vance, who had also turned in his recommendations. “We want to do the right thing,” Vance said.
Grenada has been looking for a new city manager since last spring, when then City Manager Andrew Smith was forced to resign after just one month on the job.
Since May, Charles “JoJo” Weathers has filled the interim position. Weathers said that he is eager for the city manager’s office to be filled, and that he anticipates returning to his previous job as director of public works.
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