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McAnarney named interim city manager in quick commission meeting

The Wednesday, Oct. 16 city commission meeting was extremely quick, but significant.

Most notably, it was Matt Zimmerman's last meeting as Emporia city manager.

Zimmerman will be moving to Hazelwood, MO, to become manager of that city. Current assistant city manager Mark McAnarney will become the interim manager starting Oct. 25.

McAnarney was the only choice for interim, according to Mayor Rob Gilligan. Over the next couple of months, commissioners will be working to define the role and position of city manager, and forego starting the application process until after the year's end. In the meantime, the commission recommended that McAnarney hire an assistant to help alleviate some of the responsibilities of the job.

Zimmerman starts his new job in Missouri on Halloween. He says he thinks Emporia will be well-situated for the future.

Zimmerman was given an award for his years of service to the city of Emporia by Gilligan. A farewell reception for Zimmerman will be held at the Little Theater on Oct. 24th, from 2-4 pm.

In other business, the consent agenda was approved in one fell swoop, except for one item--the September budget report. The David Traylor Zoo Master Plan was on that agenda, and zoo officials were able to leave after five minutes of the meeting.

Gilligan said the commission was pleased with the ideas put forward by the zoo master plan, and that he was "looking forward to seeing the vision of the master plan come to light."

And recognition was given to Emporia High School principal Scott Sheldon, who was named the 2013-14 Principal of the Year. Sheldon received the award from the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife Inc.

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