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July 5, 2014

Beck appointment expected

MT. VERNON — A short-handed City Council will discuss the re-appointment of Bill Beck to the Fire and Police Commission during its meeting Monday.

It was discovered last week that Beck’s appointment had expired on the commission.

Mayor Mary Jane Chesley told the council on June 30 during a special meeting to discuss pending changes to the Commission of the oversight.

“Bill Beck, the chairman of the commission, his term ended on April 30,” Chesley said. “He can still serve for 60 days, then the position is vacated.” The last day Beck could serve as a member of the commission was July 1.

Chesley and members of the council attempted to find a time to meet in special session to make the appointment prior to Monday’s city council meeting — but were unsuccessful due to members being unavailable.

Chesley and Councilman Dennis McEnaney are expected to be absent from Monday’s meeting, and Chesley will be presenting the appointment for council advise and consent in writing — if the other three members of the council are present. Councilmen Todd Piper and David Wood have said they will be in attendance, but Councilman Ron Lash said he plans on being at the meeting — depending on his ability to get back into town in time.

Last week the Commission was directed to begin its search for applicants for the position of Mt. Vernon Police Chief, which has been vacant since February when Chris Mendenall retired. While the three-person commission is currently short-handed, it can continue its employment search, beginning with internal department candidates.

The council will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.

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