Standish City Council to discuss future of city manager position July 21

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — As of the end of the workday on Thursday, June 30, the city of Standish began operating without a city manager.

Former City Manager Michael Moran submitted his resignation during a closed session at the Standish City Council meeting on Thursday, June 16 following a $100,000 settlement with former City Clerk Becky Lakin in April.

Mayor Mark Winslow said the board will discuss the future of the city manager position at its next meeting on Thursday, July 21.

“There are some members that would like to move forward quickly and others that would like to explore our options,” he said. “My position on the issue is to poll our council members at our next meeting and go from there.”

Winslow said he would like to take the time to select a good candidate.

“We need to see what is out there in our own community as well as look outside of our community,” he said,

Moran and previous City Manager Tori Kelly both left the position amidst controversy. Moran replaced Kelly in 2008 after Kelly was found guilty of embezzlement.

Winslow said that he will perform some of the duties of the city manager position until the board makes a decision to move forward.

“I am going to have to handle some of the responsibilities for now,” he said.

Winslow said he has never performed the duties of a city manager, but said his 10 years on the city council and the help of Clerk/Treasurer Peggy Burch and Administrative Assistant Janice Cuttitta will help the city move forward.

“I am definitely going to have to rely on them,” he said. “They are going to have to perform the day-to-day duties and make sure everything runs smoothly.”

Moran leaves his position with a three-month severance package granted by Winslow with the board’s unanimous agreement.

As part of the severance, Moran will receive two months worth of salary from the time period of July 1 though August 30. Winslow said that the city is covered for future liability in regards to the issue. The terms were agreed to in closed session.

When Moran’s resignation was announced, he said he believed the city council had gotten to the point where they needed to go to the next level with the position.

“With all the financial issues with the state and our own budget, they (city council) need to get a manager in here that has experience working with municipal government,” he told the Independent at that time.

Moran said he will continue to be a fixture in the Standish community.

“I loved working with the council,” he said.

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