by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By 5-0 vote, the Wellington City Council “reluctantly” accepted the resignation of Wellington City Manager Gus Collins and named City Clerk Shane Shields as the Interim City Manager at a special meeting Thursday night.
Collins submitted his resignation earlier this week (see story here) which will go into effect on June 1, 2014. Shields will then take over on an interim basis while the council searches for a permanent replacement. Shields’ monetary compensation will be discussed at a later date.
Council member Jan Korte made the motion after two consecutive 30-minute executive sessions to discuss personnel matters at the council chambers.
Collins has been the city manager since May 2006 when he replaced Carl Myers, who resigned at the end of 2005. Wellington city went five months without a city manager as then City Clerk Rose Miller and then Director of Public Works Rod Conwell served in interim city manager capacities.