Pascagoula city leaders interview second candidate for city manager position

The third and final candidate will be interviewed on Thursday

Pascagoula city leaders interview second candidate for city manager position

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - For two months, city leaders in Pascagoula have been searching for a city manager. They’ve interviewed two candidates so far, and the third will meet with the council on Thursday.

“The council is going to meet collectively, get a chance to know the applicant,” said Ward 3 Councilman Stephen Burrow. “Given the issues we had last year with not our budget but the misspent funds, I’d like someone with a very strong financial background.”

Years ago, the city combined the city manager and city attorney positions to save money. Ryan Frederic has served in that role ever since.

Councilman Burrow said now that the city is in a more financially stable spot, it can hire for the city manager position.

"We feel like that it’s time now that we’ve been able to stabilize our financial bearings that we need a full time city manager and a full time city attorney.

Frederic will remain the city attorney.

“One of the things that I think we all agree upon now, every council member and the mayor, and Ryan, is that it is a big job for one person to handle,” Burrow added.

Pascagoula Police Chief Kenny Johnson has been appointed acting city manager but he retires on October 31, 2019.

Mayor Dane Maxwell confirmed Tuesday that Johnson had sent a letter to city officials advising that he would still retire on Oct. 31, despite his new appointment.

Earlier this month, Johnson announced he would retire as police chief. One week later on Oct. 8, he was voted in as city manager by the city council. Johnson said his decision to retire altogether comes after he met with the state’s public retirement office.

City leaders say they hope to have a permanent city manager in office in a couple of weeks.

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