What is usually a routine action to approve department heads for another year changed Monday night when councilman C.D. Kidd asked that the council vote on the department heads one at a time instead of approving them all together. The council then voted on each department head individually with two getting no votes from two members of the council.
Councilman Kidd and Bosie Griffith voted against the reappointment of Jeff Killip, public works director, and Beth Laughinghouse, Main Street manager. The three other councilmen, Roy Plott, David Varnedoe and Steve Kinney, voted in favor of the two department heads.
Other department heads approved in a unanimous vote of the council were: Amie Vaughan, finance director; Bobby Gooch, fire chief; Amy Carlan, library director; Joe Wirthman, police chief; Colt Green, recreation director; and Elizabeth McDonald, city clerk.
The council also met in closed session for just over 30 minutes to discuss the annual evaluation of city manager John Ward. No action was taken when the meeting was opened to the public.