Another Madisonville City Manager Set to Step Aside

The third city manager, permanent or interim, in the last 14 months in Madisonville is set to take his leave of those duties.

Interim City Manager Dave Ward has said his last day on the job as the city's top staff member is Monday. Ward had said he would serve for six months while a search for a permanent city manager was conducted.

Ward declined to elaborate on why he would not serve longer than the six months, but said he would release a statement Monday on his departure.

In January 2007 that then-City Manager Tom Ginter resigned from his post, followed just days later by Mayor Scott Singletary.

In September, the first interim city manager, Ruth Smith, asked to be removed from that role so she could return to work as the city's director of finance. Current Mayor Sonny Dean said Smith had too much on her plate.

It's not just been city managers that Madisonville has been going through. Earlier this year, Police Chief George Sweetin resigned his position after a tumultuous last few years, including allegations of racism against his department and the shooting of Cody Morning, a mentally handicapped resident who allegedly lunged at police with a weapon.

Officers were recently cleared in that incident.

Former Splendora chief Gary Clendennen took over for Sweetin in February.

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