Board takes no action on city manager employment

The Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners took no action Wednesday following an executive session to discuss employment of a city manager.

The executive session was the only item on the agenda of the special meeting.

May 18 was the cutoff date for accepting applications for the position which has been vacant since former city manager Clayton Lucas II resigned in December 2017. At least 12 applications were submitted by the deadline, according to one city official.

The previous commission members put off advertising for the position to allow the new members of the commission the opportunity to have input into the selection process.

Initially, the commission had voted 3-2 in November 2017 to terminate Lucas. That termination was challenged in district court and the judge ruled the commission had acted in haste in terminating Lucas.

After negotiations in executive session last December, Lucas submitted his resignation and the commission agreed to continue to pay Lucas an amount equal to his salary through May 15. Soon after Lucas resigned, it was reported the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was conducting an investigation into the city manager's office, but no employee was named. The investigation is still ongoing.

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