Borrowing something old for something new, Payson has ended its three-month search for a city administrator by hiring a previous administrator, Glen K. Vernon.
Vernon, initially approved for the job July 6, was officially named to the post during the City Council's meeting this week.The council conducted interviews with Vernon shortly after the previous council meeting, Mayor Curtis Arrington said, "and was unanimously impressed with him."
Evidently, the council "felt like he was the right man for the job. He was the most qualified, and they felt like, individually and collectively, he was the man they could work with best," Arrington said.
After final checks on references and background, the city gave the go-ahead to offer Vernon a contract, and he began work last week.
"It makes me happy to have a man of his caliber working here," Arrington said. "Without anyone here to carry the day-to-day load, I think the city got along OK. But some problems would have emerged from smaller problems, and now they will be taken care of."
Arrington said one of Vernon's first duties will be "filling a void and picking up a lot of the loose ends. The last three months a lot of things have come undone, and he'll be here to give the city direction."
As administrator, Vernon also will be working closely with the council, which is divided on a number of issues, he said. "He'll be there to keep the wheels rolling."
Vernon was not among the original applicants for the job, Arrington said. "But after the second call for applicants, he offered his services. In the interview process, he seemed to be the applicant with the human-relationship skills to deal with the city's problems."
Vernon previously served as Payson City administrator from 1982 to 1983. "So we've actually hired an old city administrator."
Vernon also served in similar positions in Fort Bragg, Calif., and Roosevelt. He has degrees from the University of Utah College of Law and a master's in public administration from Brigham Young University.