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March 11, 2014

Waurika reshuffles City Hall lineup

WAURIKA — With the city manager now on administrative leave, members of the Waurika City Commission wanted someone to steer the ship, and they found that person Monday when Brad Scott was hired as acting city manager.

In addition, following a one-hour executive session, the four members of the commission named City Treasurer Nancy Bluml as assistant city manager.

Mayor Jim Bernard said hiring Scott as acting city manager creates some continuity at Waurika City Hall. It comes after a series of meetings in which Chuck Brown was fired as city manager on March 4 and then reinstated on March 7, when the commissioners rescinded the termination action.

“Brad has a willingness to work with the city council and do what’s in the best interest of the community,” Bernard said, following the commission's second special meeting since March 7.

Recently retiring from several years of owning an insurance agency, Scott is a Waurika native who once served on the Waurika Development Trust and is a member of the Waurika District 23 Board of Education.

As acting city manager he will be paid $600 per pay period and receive no benefits.

“We can’t run the city without a leader while Chuck is on administrative leave. We need someone to make decisions on a day-to-day basis,” Bernard noted.

How long Scott will be in the acting role is an unknown that hinges on further action regarding Brown’s job status.

Asked if the council would open a job search for a full-time city manager, the mayor said, “We can’t as long as Chuck is on administrative leave. Until something happens with (Brown’s) status with the city, we can’t start looking.”

The commissioners voted unanimously on hiring Scott and assigning a second title for Bluml, whose salary was not raised. She replaces former Treasurer Rachel Gallaher, who resigned on Dec. 31. Gallaher also held the title of assistant city manager.

“By hiring Nancy as assistant city manager, if there’s something that needs to be done immediately she’ll be able to make a decision,” Bernard said.

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