Transcript Staff Writer

City Clerk Mary Hatley and Director of Planning Richard Massie will share interim city manager duties until an official determination is made by the city council, said Scott Martin, outgoing assistant to the city manager.

Outgoing City Manager Brad Gambill assigned the interim responsibility Monday to Hatley and Massie until the council can make a decision on one person to act as interim city manager.

There will be a reception for Gambill and Martin from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room of the Municipal Building at 201 W. Gray St.

Gambill announced his retirement Nov. 21, effective Jan. 1, although he will be out of the office several days before that date. Martin won the House District 46 race, with a last official day at work Dec. 29.

Massie said he hadn't heard the official word earlier Monday afternoon.

"I think they want one person, so to speak, that they can look for that," Massie said. "And for a variety of reasons, Mary and I neither one have felt like we were in a position to do that. But we did volunteer, I guess, that we would kind of on an interim basis act as co-interim managers to keep things moving and make sure things don't drop through the cracks, etc."

Hatley was out of the office and unavailable for comment.

Martin said there has been no determination if there will be a split in any particular duties.

"(Massie and Hatley) are keeping each other abreast on all issues," Martin said.

The city manager search committee, appointed and chaired by Mayor Harold Haralson, plans to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the City Hall study session room.

"Either one of us will do whatever we can do to certainly keep things going and moving forward and that type of thing," Massie said.

Carol Cole 366-3538 ccole@normantranscript.com

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