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Commissioners open negotiations with city manager candidate

POLSON — The community was anxious to hear which of the five candidates for Polson City Manager was selected from the interview process. To end the suspense, Polson City Commissioners at the Sept. 17 meeting authorized Mayor Pat DeVries to negotiate with city manager candidate Mark Shrives. Mayor DeVries said Shrives had signed a letter of intent for the position.

Shrives, from Creswell, Ore., and four other candidates were in town on Sept. 11 and 12 to tour the community, meet the public at the Polson Bay Golf Course and interview with three panels — the city commissioners, the city manager search committee and a city employee group. 

Mayor DeVries said Shrives came out on top in all three groups. 

Thanking the whole community for their help during the interview process, Mayor DeVries extended special thanks to Paul and Carlisa London for the use of their deck at the Polson Motorcoach and KOA and their bus for transporting the applicants.

In other business, commissioners passed the city budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. 

They also approved the second reading of Ordinance No. 667, allowing the Polson Police Department to participate in the Municipal Police Officers Retirement System. The city previously had contracted with New York Life to provide life insurance policies for officers, so the commissioners authorized Interim City Manager Karen Sargeant to transfer ownership of the policies to individual police officers. The officers can decide whether to continue paying the premium themselves or allow the policies to lapse. 

The commission also approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 668, allowing Fire Chief John Ed Fairchild to issue citations under the International Fire Code. The fire department is charged with weed control, and this ordinance will allow Fairchild to steamline the process. Instead of writing letters, he can issue a citation. 

The next commission meeting will be held on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Polson City Hall, 105 First Street E.  

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