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Paris City Manager John Godwin is continuing to improve, according to Fire Chief Larry Wright, a longtime friend.
Wright said Godwin is at the family residence in Rowlett, and is undergoing rehabilitation throughout the week at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he received a new heart on July 2.
The council, after returning to open session following about 35 minutes behind closed doors, commended Finance Director Gene Anderson for his work as interim manager since June 17, three days after Godwin was hospitalized after a critical heart episode three days earlier. Godwin had received a Pacemaker earlier in the year.
Mayor A.J. Hashmi said Anderson will receive an additional $1,250 per month for the time he serves both in his position as finance director and as interim city manager.
“Everyone had positive things to say about Mr. Anderson, and we appreciate what he has done for the city,” the mayor said.
City Councilman Matt Frierson said the council would like Anderson to continue in his interim capacity until it is clear that Godwin is fully recovered and ready to resume his duties, free of any limitations.
It generally takes several months of rehab following a heart transplant before a person is ready to go back to work.
Also, while in executive session, the council discussed a possible lawsuit on a sewer backup claim against the city. The city attorney was asked to contact the parties and discuss the claim.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra