Kathy Dillon named UC city manager

Kathy Dillon named UC city manager

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 8:58 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Much like her predecessor, Kathy Dillon took over as interim city manager after serving the city in another capacity. And now, as was the case then, the word interim has been removed from her job title.
Ms. Dillon was serving as city clerk and finance director when she took over the job which has been performed by Don Thornton. He retired in June 2009 after more than 34 years with the city. Before being named interim city manager in 1979, he had served as personnel manager.
In presenting the promotion at the Union City council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Terry Hailey said, “It was just over a year ago the council faced a rather daunting task. The budget was sort of out of balance and we faced some serious cutbacks and we were without a city manager. Kathy came along. Our city clerk and finance director was asked to serve as the interim city manager.
“You put together a budget that has had the effect of getting us back on our feet and we know that it has been a busy year for you to do that and we appreciate your handling of our financial situation with restraint and your making us understand that times have changed and we can’t do everything at the same time anymore. You’ve done an excellent job as our interim city manager and we thank you for that,” he said to Ms. Dillon.
“Your new budget shows you have the best interest of everybody in mind. All the while you have continued your education, — you will graduate in December — you’ve proven you can run the place, so we would like to take away the word interim and make you officially the city manager of Union City, Tennessee,” Hailey said.
The council approved the move unanimously.
Ms. Dillon has worked in local government since 1991. She came to the area from Michigan in 2003 when she took the job of city manager in South Fulton. She was offered the position of city clerk and finance director in 2007.
She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Bethel University in McKenzie and has been attending classes for certified municipal finance officer through the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service in Jackson.
She has a daughter who is stationed in Arizona as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force and who will be deploying to Qatar in December.
As her first official act as city manager, Ms. Dillon named Carolyn Moran the city’s newest city clerk.
Ms. Moran has been employed with the city since April 1995, when she was hired as secretary to the city manager. She began taking council minutes in June 2000 when then-city clerk the late Mildred Roberts became ill.
Prior to her service with the city, Ms. Moran was employed with the former Salant and Salant in Union City, the former Troy Manufacturing Co., as a dental assistant to Dr. J.H. Harpole and as secretary and purchasing agent for the former Reelfoot Packing Co.
She has two sons: Chucky, who is a police officer with the Union City Police Department, and Stevie, who works for the Union City Electric System; a daughter-in-law, Heather; and three grandchildren and a step-grandson.
In other business, after the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Agreed to accept bids for the demolition of property at 217 North Morgan St.
• Voted to block First Street from Washington Avenue to Church Street Oct. 29 from 3-5 p.m. so downtown merchants may host a trick-or-treating event for the community’s children.
• Asked about the timetable on the animal shelter moving into a city-owned building. Ms. Dillon said it would be 45-60 days. This will mean the animals will be out of the cold weather this winter.
• Learned the street sweeper should arrive in November and the new boom truck is here. Public Works director Steve Ladd said his department will try to get some mounds of dirt cleared before placing the street sweeper into service.
• Was informed paving on High and Exchange streets is complete, except for small areas on each roadway. Ury was paved from High to Church streets on Tuesday.
He said work is continuing slowly on the concrete, but that crew is doing an “excellent job.”
The milling process will start in the Pleasant Valley area on Monday, with work to begin at the city limits and proceed toward Reelfoot Avenue. Pamphlets have been distributed to affected residents, who are asked to keep their vehicles clear of the equipment.
Ladd added traffic lines will be painted on the newly-paved streets. This will also include lines for crosswalks at the churches and stop sign lines.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 10.06.10

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