Saturday, March 16, 2013

Jamon Kent Selected as Interim City Administrator

The Creswell City Council unanimously voted to hire Jamon Kent as interim city administrator. Jamon, who is no stranger to Creswell, will fill in for the previous city administrator, Mark Shrives, who resigned by letter at the March 11th council meeting.  

Ironically, it was Jamon Kent who was selected to be city administrator when Mark Shrives tendered his resignation during his initial employment while Ron Petitti was Mayor. Mr. Shrives was offered a special assignment for a government position, which he accepted. After a number of interviews, Mayor Petitti felt they couldn't find anyone as qualified as Mr. Shrives and left the position open until his return.

During Jamon's first employment as interim city administrator, he worked with many of the same city staff and knows his way around. It appears Mayor Stram and this council, made a good choice in Mr. Kent while the search goes on for a permanent city administrator.

Photo by Martha McReynolds Jr. 

It should be mentioned that our Mayor and council are also looking for two new councilors to replace Mike Anderson and Jean McKittrick who resigned at the same March 11th meeting. Interested parties are asked to send their desire to be on the council to city hall before noon on April 9th. On April 11th, there will be a special meeting for the Mayor and councilors to meet with those interested in being on the council. There is a great deal of responsibility, and hopefully, a lot of satisfaction knowing you are working with those elected by the people of Creswell.

Watch the KMTR video:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

City Administrator and two councilors resign

Three resignations were tendered at the March 11th City Council meeting. Mayor Stram read the resignation of City Administrator Mark Shrives. All councilors voted unanimously to accept Mr. Shrives resignation. Shortly thereafter, Mike Anderson read his letter of resignation followed by Jean McKittrick. Both councilors got up and left the council table after resigning. Former Mayor Hooker who received 98 votes in his bid for re-election, sat in the audience witnessing his two councilors making their final statement as they once again followed his lead in resigning. Former Mayor Hooker resigned by letter read by Mike Anderson several days after losing his bid to continue as Creswell's Mayor.

Watch the video response:

It was sad to see McKittrick and Anderson resign before giving our new Mayor and councilors the opportunity to show they are organized, fair-minded and caring people. Possibly they could have been a help with their experience of being on the council.

Mayor Stram will now fill those seats and move on with the business of running our city.