Fuller retires Oct. 29; mayor is first temporary successor

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lewisburg City Manager Edde Fuller has told the mayor he intends to retire no later than Oct. 30.

"I didn't want to say Oct. 31," Fuller said during Tuesday night's council meeting. "That's Halloween."

His planned departure is consistent with what Fuller said nearly eight months ago, in late January, when he said, "I want to leave on the 22nd and a new guy come in on the 25th." That's because of his birthday. He will be 62, and he's already approved for Social Security payments.

"We need a workshop and a voting session to get qualifications," Councilman Quinn Brandon Stewart said, and the panel agreed to meet again at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

Responding to Stewart's call for steps toward finding a successor, Fuller quipped, "The Charter says the mayor can do the job."

"For," Stewart quickly replied, "$150 a month."

Mayor Barbara Woods joined the lighter moment.

"It ought to go up to $150,000," Woods said.

After the council's monthly meeting, Councilman Odie Whitehead Jr. briefly reviewed what otherwise might be called an order of succession.

So, who's in charge at City Hall starting on Halloween?

"The mayor," Whitehead said, "and when he's out of school, Robin (Minor, a teacher at Lewisburg Middle School" and then me. I've got more time."

Whitehead confirmed Fuller's observation about the Charter, calling the mayor city manager pro tem.

"We need to get a manager pretty quick," Woods said when asked for comment about the prospect of her running the city on a day-to-day basis. "I wouldn't want to make a decision on hiring other city employees until we hire a city manager."

The Charter places hiring and firing authority with the city manager.

Thursday afternoon three top Police Department officials were interviewing applicants for dispatcher jobs.

"I saw three or four potential managers out there" in the audience attending the council meeting Tuesday, Woods said. "It will be interesting to see who applies."

Also Tuesday, the council:

* Finalized an ordinance that permits tattoo and body piercing parlors in an industrial zone, although there is currently no I-3 zone in the city.

* Accepted $376,000 from the Lewisburg Electric Service in lieu of property taxes under state law acknowledging utilities are not taxable, but should pay something.