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Lawsuit halts administrator search

Published: 8:50 AM, 06/04/2013 Last updated: 8:50 AM, 06/04/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-The Newport City Council decided to, at least temporarily, halt the search and interview process for a new city administrator because the former city administrator, Scott Collins, has filed a lawsuit to get his job back.

That was the consensus reached on Monday, June 3, at a workshop held by City Council members. The meeting had misleadingly been termed a called meeting in a public notice printed in The Newport Plain Talk.

City Council members normally meet on the Tuesday prior to their regular monthly meeting, held one week later, but decided Monday's meeting would replace the workshop normally held today, Tuesday.

Scott Collins was fired as city administrator at the regularly scheduled board of mayor and aldermen meeting held March 12.

The board went on to select James Finchum to be the interim city administrator, a position he has agreed to keep until a permanent city administrator is found.

After Monday's workshop, Newport Mayor Connie Ball told the Plain Talk the process of selecting a new city administrator will be "put on hold at least a month or two" until the lawsuit filed on Collins' behalf is settled.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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