The Marlin City Council met tonight to discuss the employment of the current city manager.
Alan Grindstaff has worked for the city since February 2017, but the mayor says there has been a lot of frustration in his confidence to do the job.
The no-confidence vote was a draw – three yes’s and three no’s.
Community members showed up for Tuesday’s special meeting to see how the City Council was going to vote in a closed session.
“Our goals and where we’re wanting to see the city move and our vision are different from being what the city manager has envisioned for the city,” says John Keefer, Mayor of Marlin.
The tie vote means Grindstaff will remain in his position as city manager despite complaints made by City Council members and citizens.
“Multiple council members, including myself, that are complaining about things that aren’t being done, need to be done along with our citizen’s complaints,” Keefer says.
Keefer also says there are a lot of things that haven’t been taken care of.
“Obviously our roads. Roads and water. Our water is in the process of being fixed, but it’s primarily our road. Our roads are pretty raggedy, and we just don’t feel that this has become one of our number one priorities,” Keefer says.
Marlin homeowner Gerald Hammer says he is tired of seeing people in and out of leadership roles –
and it’s not helping the city.
“They let Marlin go down so much. It’s going to take a long, long time for it to ever get back like it should or used to be,” Hammer says.
In the meantime, the mayor says the no-confidence vote and a possible termination vote will have to be discussed later.
“The revocations that come with a no-confidence vote, that’s not one I would support because it’s not immediate termination. If we’re going to terminate, it’s not an immediate solution. It requires much longer processes and hearings, and I personally believe if we’re going to make a determination or decision to terminate a contract, you just terminate a contract,” Keefer says.
We tried speaking to Grindstaff during the closed session, he said he was unavailable for comment.