Friday, August 04, 2000

City official quits after 4 months

Lebanon left with $7,000 moving bill

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The city's electric department director of four months has resigned.

        And the city may get stuck with the bill.

        Dave Clark, who began April 3, said Thursday he expects to leave by the end of August to become general manager of the electric plant board in Paducah, Ky.

        “It's just a tremendous opportunity,” he said.

        Mr. Clark will supervise more employees, he said, and make more money.

        City politics did not drive him out of Lebanon, Mr. Clark said, even though some controversy has centered on him. City Manager James Patrick had given the electric director two weeks' vacation up front, which he used to finish his move to Lebanon.

        Mr. Clark initially put in for more than his 80 hours of vacation time, so Mr. Patrick changed his time sheet to indicate he had worked more than he had.

        Council members were split on the propriety of Mr. Patrick's changing the hours, but City Attorney Mark Yurick strongly disapproved of it in a legal opinion.

        Mr. Clark also was to get $7,000 for moving expenses, which has not yet been paid, acting City Auditor Sharee Dick said.

        Councilman Mark Flick said the city still should pay it: “He moved.”

        Mr. Clark is the third high-ranking employee to come and go since January.

        Marvin “Butch” Snyder started in January as information systems manager and left in early June after several employees complained. Mr. Patrick would not say at the time whether Mr. Snyder resigned or was fired.

        He kept the $6,000 the city paid him for moving expenses.

        A human resources manager hired in March was fired six weeks later.

        A fourth position — city auditor — has been vacant since December.

        Council will vote Tuesday between two auditor candidates — Gregory Dixon, Middletown's assistant finance director, and Ms. Dick, the acting city auditor.


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