Finding goods and services can always be a bit of a challenge. In a small, rural town, that can be compounded by the remoteness of our location, and of the inability to get everything we need in a timely fashion. The Mason City Commission is also finding that it can be difficult to find qualified candidates for city administrator, for many of the same reasons.
During their December 14 meeting, the City Commission voted to extend an offer to Scooter Radcliffe, who until May of this year, had been the city manager of Bellmead. Mr. Radcliffe declined the City's offer, at almost the same time that the City learned that he had been let go from his prior position after 19 years, and that he had allegedly crashed a city vehicle, while under the influence of alcohol, just prior to his firing.
The Mason Commission held a special meeting on December 21 to take a vote on their second choice, Glen Scott Starnes. Starnes was the city manager of Eagle Pass before being dismissed for providing false information on application documents. He then moved on to Grantville, GA. He left there earlier this fall after allegedly being involved in the purchase of marijuana. Most recently, the city of Taft, TX voted to extend him an offer of employment; but, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that that city is now reconsidering its decision.
During their December 21 meeting, the Mason City Commission discussed some of the other applicants they had for the position, and decided to wait until their January meeting to make their next move on filling the position. Mayor Brent Hinckley has been performing the duties of the city administrator since the departure of Brian Boudreaux earlier this year.