Council seeks to clarify mayor, city admin duties


The Lebanon City Council discussed a proposed ordinance clarifying the duties of the mayor, city administrator and council at its Thursday night work session meeting.

Acting/Assistant City Administrator Ben DeClue said making the changes would help the city in its search for a new city administrator. 

“So people that are applying are going to know just what the circumstances and the ordinances they’ll be working with are,” DeClue said.

A search firm, Strategic Government Resources, is beginning the early phase of the city’s search to replace Chris Heard, who resigned in June.

DeClue said the new law makes it clear that the city administrator is in charge of day-to-day affairs of the city and the mayor is the city administrator’s supervisor.

“If the mayor comes and says ‘I really want you to do this,’ I either do it or I risk him going to council and saying ‘we’ve got to get rid of this guy, he’s insubordinate,’” DeClue said.

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