Cathey questions city clerk hire

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 09:49 AM.

During a special meeting last Tuesday, Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey expressed a desire to terminate new City Clerk Sharon McGhee after just two weeks on the job.

“The learning curve was bigger than I anticipated,” said Cathey, who voted against hiring McGhee during the council’s official meeting in June. “I recommend not to continue her employment.”

Former city clerk Debbie McLeod, who resigned in April, had been in the position for seven years before resigning abruptly. She was hired part-time to handle specific duties throughout the transition. Once she found full-time employment the race was on to find a new clerk.

The mayor said that he had taken another look at McGhee’s resume and contacted a former employer in Wewahitchka who hadn’t said positive things about clerk.

“I have 40 years of experience dealing with people. I won’t discard my instincts,” said Cathey. “I don’t think we made the right choice.”

After Cathey had shared his thoughts, Councilwoman Tanya Castro offered her own.

“We interviewed and explained the responsibilities. Right off the bat, she was getting conflicting information,” she said,

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