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Jasper hires city manager
JASPER - by Steve W Stewart/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company
After serving two stints as interim city manager, Denise Kelley has now been hired into the permanent position by city leaders. The decision came during the Monday meeting of the Jasper City Council.
Following an executive session, council emerged to unanimously vote Kelley into the job.
Kelley had been serving as both finance director and as interim city manager since the resignation of Tommy Boykin in April of 2013. Prior to that, Kelley served a short term as interim city manager about 13 years ago following the departure of David Douglas.
In other city business, council narrowly passed a motion to hire a consultant to study the feasibility of annexing one or more neighborhoods that are currently outside of the city limits.
Before the vote, District 1 Councilman Alton Scott voiced concern about the proposition of annexation. Scott said "I don't think that we need to be trying to annex anything right now, because it's going to cause some problems, and we're not taking care of what we have already." Councilman Scott went on to note problems with city streets that are in need of repair.
Later, Scott said "...too many problems in the city as it is already that we're not addressing, so why are we going out bringing more neighborhoods and communities into the city and adding burden on the city because now we gotta do extra and we're not taking care of what we already have."
When it came to a vote, Scott and District 3 Councilwoman Hazel Johnson voted against hiring a consultant, while District 2 Councilman Tommy Schofield, District 4 Councilman Raymond Hopson, and At-Large Councilman Mitch McMillon voted in favor