Murray mayor eliminates city administrator position

Murray Mayor Jack Rose says a lot of the responsibilities he chose to assume as mayor overlapped with his city administrator’s. At Thursday’s city council meeting, Rose defended his decision to eliminate the city administrator position. Councilman Danny Hudspeth isn’t pleased with Rose’s decision. 

“Going forward I hope, Mr. Mayor, that that wasn’t part of your campaign promise —to target people and get rid of them…But I think it’s a critical position for our city, and hope you will reconsider that,” Hudspeth said.

It’s not the first position Rose has eliminated. He eliminated the sanitation superintendents and four other position in March. But rose contradicted one of the councilmen, saying cutting positions was not one of his missions as mayor.

“I did not have an X on anybody’s back, and I don’t have a hit list,” Rose said. “I didn’t have it then I don’t have it now.”

Hudspeth voiced concern that the city administrator gave the city some continuity as councils and mayors change. Murray City Administrator Matt Mattingly’s last day will be May 7, but he will serve in an advisory position after leaving office.

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