The City Council has named Mayor Steven Weller as acting city manager to replace Gary Uresk, who is resigning to become the Woods Cross city manager.
"He's the most logical one around," Councilman Dennis S. Simonsen said of the mayor during Tuesday's council meeting.Uresk agreed.
"If you're going to appoint an outside person, the mayor's the logical one," said Uresk, who has been city manager for six years.
Weller said he's in the city offices just about every day, anyway.
The City Council voted 4-0 to approve the appointment, which could last as long as 11/2 months while a permanent replacement is sought.
Since Uresk is also city recorder, the City Council appointed Jeaneil Jackson as acting city recorder until a new city manager is named.
Weller said Clinton has received more than 125 applications for the city manager position, which pays up to $40,000 a year.
"Gary has accomplished lots of good things for the city," Weller told the Deseret News. "He's brought professionalism to his office tempered with patience and caring. His planning abilities are second to none. We'll surely miss him."
Weller presented a commemorative plague to Uresk in honor of his 10 years of outstanding service to Clinton. Uresk started working for Clinton in May 1983 as community development director before becoming city manager in 1987.
Clinton recreation director LeeAnn Powell said, "On behalf of city employees, we'd like to say thanks to Gary."