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Electra City Commission Appoints New City Attorney
Electra City Commissioners voted to appoint members of the city's staff to new positions.
Last month, Electra commissioners decided not to renew the former City Attorney Todd Greenwood's contract after a YouTube video surfaced where he is seen making comments some consider to be inappropriate.
On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously voted to appointed Bruce Harris as Electra's new city attorney.
Harris is Electra's current municipal judge but Electra Mayor Curtis Warner says Harris has decided to retire from that position.
Harris will receive an $1,800 a month retainer fee for 12 hours a month and $150 an hour for any additional work.
Also, since Harris is leaving his municipal judge seat, four of the five commissioners voted to appoint current Associate Judge Diane Gribble as municipal judge.
Commissioner Pam Ward voted against the appointment because she says since all court matters are currently going through the county and she doesn't feel Gribble needs to be in that position.
Gribble's salary was set at $31,403.
Mayor Warner says these new appointments will help the city grow.
"These two appointments mean that the city is getting itself back on track," Warner says. "We've been off-sited for a while here with some other issues that required our attention. We got those items have been cleared up now."
In addition, Warner says two positions, the administrative assistant to the city attorney which was left vacant after the former employee moved away recently, and associate judge will not be filled.
Warner says by not putting folks in those positions they will be able to save some money.
He says city funds have been going toward paying for the Wichita County Sheriff's Deputies who continue to patrol Electra.
As for open positions at the Electra Police Department, the mayor says they still need to hire one more police officer before the police department is fully staffed.
Warner says Electra PD has a deputy chief and is not actively looking for a new police chief left behind after former Police Chief Johnny Morris was fired.