FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Fairmont City Council adopted an emergency ordinance Tuesday affirming David Sago as acting city manager.
Sago will serve as city manager until newly hired Valerie Means assumes the duties and responsibilities as city manager. Council says means was having difficulty located a residence to purchase within city limits. Council also held a first reading of an ordinance that would allow future city managers the opportunity to live in designated unincorporated areas of Marion County.
“It’s because of her situation, we’re trying to fix this for the next folks, because I think you’ll agree that in the last 40 years there has not been a lot of newer homes built in Fairmont corporate city limits, most pf them have gone just outside,” said Brad Merrifield, Mayor of the City of Fairmont.
Also, council held a first reading of an ordinance to eliminate that the city clerk must be a resident of the City of Fairmont.
“It’s our opinion that it would be a little more reasonable to give people a little more freedom on living where they choose. It’s not a person who runs for office they’re an employee, and it used to be that all city employees had to live in the city and that was all resolved and changed,” said Merrifield.
Council also held a first reading of an ordinance for a 1.5% base pay increase for all employees, except city manager and information technology technician.