Paris city manager will begin search for a public works director

City Manager John Godwin

City Manager John Godwin

Paris City Manager John Godwin has been asked to begin a search for a public works director.

The city has gone without that position for the past year, following the retirement of Ron Sullivan. Godwin noted that the city had saved money by leaving the job vacant, and he said he had no plans to fill it, especially in light of the unanticipated costs from the December ice storm.

The Paris City Council looked at the issue Monday night at the request of District 6 Councilwoman Cleonne Drake, who said she was afraid the various department heads, as well as Godwin himself, might burn themselves out.

Various council members stressed they are in no way unhappy with Godwin’s performance in the public works sector, but felt that was stress not needed.

Godwin was asked to begin a search for a new public works director.

The city charter requires the city council to sign off on the city manager’s hiring of a department head.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

 

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.