EAST PALESTINE - Finance Director Traci Thompson and a water and sewer department employee have been approved to take over the administrative positions vacated by Gary Clark and his wife Cindy last week.
Following a lengthy executive session on Monday, council unanimously approved Thompson for the village manager position and Misti Martin for the clerk of council and administrative position. Both will serve on an interim basis until full-time replacements can be found.
Martin has worked in the billing department for the water and sewer department since 1997.
Thompson applied for the interim manager position.
Village charter allows any administrative officer to apply for the position, Municipal Attorney Shirley Smith said.
Thompson said she and Martin will continue working in their current capacities in addition to taking on the administrative duties.
The executive session was held with police Chief Pete Monteleone, fire Chief Brett Todd, water and wastewater superintendent John Jurjavcic, street department foreman John Boley, park foreman Jerry Coblentz, Thompson and Martin.
Council approved the appointments as emergency measures and compensation for the interim positions will be set at the April 23 meeting.
The Clarks resigned last week after several council discussions about their job performance. According to information provided by Thompson, Gary Clark was making $34.65 per hour and Cindy Clark was making $14.39 per hour when they resigned. The manager position is salary while the clerk of council position is hourly.
The Clarks both had more than 30 years of employment with the village.