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"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">GEARHART

— City Administrator Dennis McNally submitted his resignation,

effective April 1, to the City Council Wednesday night.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">McNally,

58, who has been city administrator for 16 years, said he has

considered resigning for the past two years.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">“I’ve

been constantly looking at it, but I’d say ‘This is not a good

time.’ And then I’d think about it again and say, ‘This is not a

good time.’ Finally, I got to the point when I asked myself, ‘When

is it ever a good time?’” McNally said.

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McNally’s salary is $80,000. In addition to his duties as city

administrator, he acts as director of public works and city

planning, and street and water supervisor.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">“You

have to have a sense of humor,” McNally said about the job.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">In his

letter to the City Council, McNally said it had been an “honor and

privilege to work for such a fine community. I appreciate all the

support that the council, residents and, especially, the city staff

have given me over the years.”

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">McNally

said he would be available after his retirement to assist the City

Council in searching for his replacement. This would eliminate the

need for an interim city administrator, he said.

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Council members are meeting with a League of Oregon Cities

representative in City Hall today to discuss how the league can

assist in recruiting a city administrator.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Mayor

Kent Smith said he was sorry to see McNally go. “You have been

exceptionally qualified to do the job,” Smith said.

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Councilor Dorothy Well agreed. “We will have a period of mourning

when you leave,” she said.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">McNally

joined the city after retiring from a 24-year stint with the U.S.

Coast Guard. His last post was as the engineering officer for the

Coast Guard cutter, Resolute.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">In other

business, the City Council awarded a $7.4 million bid to complete

construction of the city’s water system to R & G Excavating, of

Scio. The company was chosen from among eight bidders. Construction

is expected to begin in March and last for 16 months, according to

the bid.

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