The Duncan Banner

June 23, 2013

Who's in charge?

Marlow fires city manager, position remains vacant

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

MARLOW — Three days have passed since Janice Cain was fired as Marlow’s city administrator.

And the Marlow City Council has not started looking for a replacement, temporary or otherwise.

Councilman Mickey Hoy said the City of Marlow hasn’t appointed anyone as acting city administrator. Hoy said it may not be long before the council starts looking for someone to fill the position on a permanent basis.

“We haven’t reached that point,” Hoy said. “The mayor is out of town right now. I think, when he gets back, we’ll address those issues.”

The mayor is Bob Hill. Cain originally fired Hill from his role as police chief in 2010, after an investigation was prompted by then District Attorney Bret Burns. A drug case involving Marlow Police Department had to be tossed out of Stephens County District Court based on inconsistent testimonies of two officers and Hill. One officer, Rodney Richards, was later put through a grand jury hearing.

Cain told The Banner Thursday, she had been anticipating her termination since Hill was voted in as mayor in December 2011. Hill took office in February 2012.

Cain said she has been with the City of Marlow for about 15 years. She was fired by a vote of 3-2 during Wednesday’s special meeting. Those who voted to terminate her contract were Mayor Bob Hill, and councilmen Dan Ross and Don Ridley. Hoy and Dr. Wesley Walker voted against firing Cain.

“I really don’t have any comment on it,” Hoy said about Cain’s contract termination.

Jason McPherson, Marlow community service coordinator, said the Marlow City Council will have a meeting Tuesday night. Among the items on the agenda is the appointment of an interim city administrator. McPherson said the City of Marlow may start the search for a new administrator once an interim city administrator is in place.

‘I assume they will start an application process,” McPherson said.

Hoy wasn’t the only council member The Banner staff attempted to contact. Hill is in California, where he has been since Thursday, and Walker is on vacation.

The Banner staff called City Clerk Betty Mackey five times between Thursday and Friday, but no calls were returned by Mackey.