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On the evening of his hiring in March 2011, public works director Ron Sullivan (left) visits with Steve McFadden, who was the acting public works director at the time. (eParisExtra! Photo by Charles Richards)
By CHARLES RICHARDS
Ron Sullivan, public works director for the City of Paris, was suspended Wednesday for five days without pay by city manager John Godwin.
Godwin declined to elaborate except to say the suspension “is for five working days, counting today.”
Because of the Fourth of July holiday next week, the 58-year-old Sullivan will be on unpaid leave through Wednesday of next week.
Godwin declined to elaborate when contacted by telephone Wednesday night.
“No, being a personnel matter, that really wouldn’t be fair to him,” Godwin said.
Mayor AJ Hashmi said he was aware of the development, but declined to discuss it.
“That’s a question that should be asked of the city manager. He’s an employee of the city manager,” Hashmi said.
Sullivan was public works director at Palestine, Texas, before leaving to take the same position in Paris. The Paris City Council hired him on March 16, 2011, on the recommendation of acting city manager Gene Anderson. Sullivan reported for work in Paris on April 18, 2011.
After graduating from Texas A&M in 1976, Sullivan went to work for the City of Arlington as a graduate engineer. He worked several positions for the City of Arlington over the next 13 years before going to work for the Texas Department of Transportation .
He worked with TxDOT for six years, then went to the City of Bedford for six years. There he was “everything from a staff engineer to city engineer.
He left Bedford and had worked in Palestine for six years before being hired at Paris.
In an interview with eParisExtra! two days after he was hired as Paris’ public works director, Sullivan said in studying engineering at Texas A&M, he “kind of continued the legacy” of his father, who was a TxDOT inspector for practically his entire career.
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