Newport City Council formally approves contract with Spencer Nebel – holds off on hiring new finance director.
City Manager-elect Spencer Noble says he would prefer to have more involvement in the hiring of Newport’s new finance director. Nebel gave his verbal acceptance of an offer of employment as Newport’s new city manager today at the same time the city was about to begin interviewing candidates for finance director. Since Nebel does not start as city manager until mid-December, he asked the city council to postpone those interviews until he takes over December 16th. The council agreed to the delay. It means that interim City Finance Director Bob Gazewood of Warrenton will stay on a little longer than was originally planned. Gazewood said he would be more likely to be telecommuting by accessing city financial records through secure internet channels.
The city council formally adopted the labor agreement Monday eveing between Nebel and the city, meaning Nebel will take over the reins of the city beginning December 16th.
On another matter, the city council, on the urging of City Councilor Ralph Busby, has postponed consideration of awarding local groups and non-profits pieces of a $10,000 grant fund for such purposes. Busby said considerable confusion still reigns as to the city’s true financial situation and so he would prefer to hold off on the grant awards. The council went along with his request agreeing to postpone the grant awarding to sometime after the first of the year.