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Tuesday, the Paris City Council officially welcomed John Godwin back as city manager, 10-1/2 weeks after suffering a heart ailment that almost took his life.
Godwin, who had a heart transplant July 1 at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, actually returned to his office in City Hall early last week.
But, the letter the council needed from his doctor, officially pronouncing him OK to return to work, didn’t arrive until Monday.
As he did during Monday night’s regular council meeting, Godwin sat out front during a special council meeting Tuesday afternoon for the council to hear from a large engineering firm interested in participating in the city’s $45 million infrastructure replacement program.
Finance Director Gene Anderson, whom the council gave the duties of interim city manager on June 17, continued to sit in the city manager’s chair on the council horseshoe during Tuesday’s meeting.
Godwin’s status was cleared up at the end of the meeting, with it was confirmed that the letter had arrived from Godwin’s doctor.
“I’m glad we finally got the letter from the doctor, and I’m sorry it took so long,” District 6 City Councilwoman Cleonne Drake told the manager. “We’re glad you’re back.”
Godwin said he’ll be back on the council horseshoe for its next regular meeting.
“I still have clinic every other Tuesday for another month or so, so I’ll miss two days a month. And then, starting in October or November, I’ll miss one day a month. So, for the most part, I’m back and everything should be normal again,” Godwin said.
Anderson now returns full-time to his duties as finance director, a position he has held with the city for almost 30 years.
Godwin said he’ll continue to consult with Anderson.
“Absolutely. Gene is the one who put the budget together. I had barely started when I got sick. So it makes sense for him to finish that. He’s the one who’s going to have to answer the questions about it, and he’s the most knowledgeable person on the budget in any case,” Godwin said.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra