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Three Sworn in on Callaway Commission, City Manager to Retire

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Three members of the Callaway commission were sworn in this afternoon.  
Returning mayor Tom Abbott and two new commissioners took an oath of office as they claimed their seats on the board.  
Newly elected Ward III Commissioner RoRobertelletier and Ward I Commissioner Melba Covey were sworn in along with the incumbent mayor.  
Covey and Pelletier both won their seats by a large margin over their opponents -- Covey replacing long time Commissioner Dennis DeLapp.  
"Well obviously the first order of business is going to be to assign and pick an interim city manager so we can move forward," said Pelletier. 
"We knew that we would be willing to roll our sleeves up and keep this city moving forward," said Covey. "We have no concerns.
"We have enough talent within this city that we have individuals who can step in and act until we find the right city manager for this city." 
"We will cast a net as wide as we need to and we will hire a candidate that the board thinks will be best to march us on from this point," said Abbott. 

Effective May 8th the city of Callaway will be looking for another city manager.  After spending just over a year and a half in his position Marcus Collins is announcing his retirement.  
Collins came on board with the city in September of 2012 during a turbulent time for the city.  
Callaway faced millions of dollars in debt and was forced to remove the first and only city manager Judy Whitis from her position.  
Collins was paid $70,000 in his initial contract. A salary that was later upped to $90,000 just four months in to his stay.
Marcus cites personal reasons for his departure after 32 years in local government.  
"I think the biggest accomplishment was straightening out the finances of the city and getting those under control so we are excited about that," said Collins. "But, there are a lot of things that the citizens and the staff have corrected over the years that's been amazing and I can't take credit for that." 
The city is expected to name an interim city manager at their next commission meeting.