Vernon City Manager Resigns

Vernon City Manager Resigns

VERNON, TX - The resignation of Joe Pence comes just one day after he faced criticism for giving a $7,000 raise to the new city secretary.
 
Vernon Mayor, Joe Rogers said "We just had some decisions we couldn't reconcile on and so he decided to resign." 
 
Rogers said although there was some disagreement between them, he didn't think he would leave less than two weeks before the new guy is set to start.
 
"Joe was a great guy, I love him," Rogers said. "I think he was good for Vernon, he was a great Interim City Manager for us, I think he did a good job, he was friendly, I think people liked him" 
 
Residents said they did liked him but some have also said he struggled to connect with them since he did not live in town.
 
Vernon Resident, Chano Maldonado said "You've got to stay local. No if's, and's or but's about it. Was he not local? No. Other than him coming in here and doing his job, I think he came in here and what he was asked to and what he was brought here to do." 
 
Residents are hopeful about the city's future, since Martin Magnum is set to start on May 22nd.
 
"I think he'll do a good job, as long as him and his commissioners can get along and he does what he's asked to do and they communicate, it's about communicating," Maldonado said.  
 
Mayor Rogers is confident Magnum will be a great fit for the city in serving the residents who call Vernon home.

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