The loss of Winder city administrator Bob Beck was keenly felt this week as the Winder City Council met for the first time since his April 27 death.
Mayor Chip Thompson at Monday night’s council work session struggled to retain not only his composure as he talked about the loss, but also his own power after council newcomer Bob Dixon challenged the mayor’s statement that he would be the one to select the new administrator with advice from the council.
Dixon immediately demanded that the entire governing body be directly involved in selecting Beck’s replacement.
“Mr. Mayor, I’m going to say this,” Dixon said. “I fully expect the council to be involved in this search.”
He said he appreciated the fact that the mayor would be the “point person” in filling the vacancy, but he said he personally plans to interview each of the final candidates at least three times.
As the City of Winder continues to mourn the loss of administrator Bob Beck, disagreements about the process of hiring a replacement have already begun.
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