City Council names interim manager
Vest tabbed as
A familiar face is back at City Hall on an interim basis.
Thursday, the Homerville City Council appointed Bill Vest as its interim city manager. Vest had previously served as city manager before retiring over a decade ago. More recently, he served Homerville as a city councilman.
The council also decided to wait until after the December 3 runoff election, which will determine the Post 1 seat on the council, before interviewing candidates for the permanent city manager post. ReKasa Deen resigned as Homerville's city manager, effective November 1, to take a position with the Clinch County Development Authority. Vest started in his interim post Friday and will serve until the city hires a manager.
In other action from the meeting, held at the Station #11 Depot, the council:
• Approved Melissa Lee as a full-time clerical employee in a 3-2 vote.
Council member Jamayla Morehead said Lee is a part-time worker in the city office, and made a motion to add the eight hours to make her a full-time employee.
Mayor-elect Tom Kennedy said the new city manager should make any personnel decisions, and the matter should wait until the new year. Kennedy and City Councilman J.E. Witherspoon voted against the motion, while Morehead, Blitch and Willie Hardee voted for it.
After the meeting, Kennedy said moving that employee from part-time to full-time status will cost the city an additional $21,000 in salary and benefits, and those funds aren't budgeted.
• Approved the bid of East Coast Asphault of $110,000 for resurfacing work in the city.
Six streets are on the LMIG list, and work will start in around 60 days, according to the engineer.
• Discussed damage to a tombstone in Pine Forest Cemetery.
• Approved a request to waive the reconnect fee for a few days for a city water customer.
• Approved giving city employees a cash bonus rather than holding a Christmas party.
• Discussed speeding on Highway 84 in the city.