Hopewell’s City Manager Can Now Hire Again









By LYNDON GERMAN

 

Initially, Hopewell City Council thought it best that Interim City Manager Charlie Dane not hire a finance director – despite the history of delayed financial recordings – but during a special meeting on Nov. 2 Council discussed amending the interim city manager’s powers.
When Dane was brought on as interim city manager an employment agreement was drafted and entered on Aug. 31. In this agreement, which this reporter obtained through the City Clerk’s office, council restricted Dane’s ability to hire/appoint a new finance director.




The city had been relying on contracted services from former Interim Finance Director Lance Wolff a subcontractor of financial firm Minor & Associates, but as his contract expires the importance of filling that seat gained urgency.
According to minutes from the City Clerk’s office, Council decided to expand the interim city manager’s role on a 5 to 2 vote to amended section 2 of Dane’s employment agreement. Council agreed to allow Dane to employee a finance director whose contract period will be from Dec. 1 2017 through and including Nov. 30. 2018.
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