Marlin: Council terminates city manager's contract

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MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) The contract has been terminated for the latest in a series of city managers for Marlin, according to city officials.

The Marlin City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to terminate the employment of City Manager Alan Grindstaff.

"We have a difference in vision and goals, and his goals and visions do not line up with the citizens of Marlin or the council's," said Marlin Mayor John Keefer. "How can you move together if you're not on the same page?"

The Mayor said most of the conflict involved road repairs and communication.

"We don't feel that those are at the same level of importance or priority to him," said Keefer.

Grindstaff, Marlin's fourth city manager in about five years, was hired in February 2017.

His contract was supposed to run until April of 2020, however, Keefer said there are clauses in his contract that allowed for a buyout, and they took it.

Keefer said they "mutually agreed" to terminate the contract for a price tag of $36,000.

"We gave him an offer, at first he said 'no,' then he came back and agreed he would accept it," said Keefer.

Keefer said they're going to start looking for a new city manager immediately.

"We'll start looking at bringing in an interim manager and a permanent one after that," said Keefer. "It's time to move on, it's time to see progress continue."

During a specially called meeting Feb. 19, a councilman's motion for a vote of 'no confidence' against Grindstaff ended in a tie, 3-3.

"I feel good that I'm still working, but I know it's contentious ground," Grinstaff said at the time.

In January, Grindstaff made it through his first employment evaluation.

However, Keefer said, after the evaluation, several council members requested a special meeting to discuss Grindstaff's employment.

"We don't want to keep changing city managers, but there comes a point where you have to make a judgement call and you have to make a decision you feel is best for the citizens," Keefer said in February.

Grindstaff told KWTX he'd hoped to stay in Marlin until he retired.