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For the third time in 18 months, the Taylorsville Main Street Program is searching for a Main Street manager.
Gordon Deapen, who has been serving in that role since December 2011, submitted his termination letter on March 28 citing professional reasons.
Deapen’s resignation had to be approved by the Main Street committee and the City Commission.
At Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, after the first public mention of Deapen’s resignation, Commissioner Jack Proctor made a motion to acknowledge the receipt of the resignation and reject it “and send it back to him.”
“We go through too many Main Street managers,” Proctor said stating that the city might want to look at the way it handles that position.
Proctor’s motion was seconded by Mayor Don Pay.
Deapen told the commission his decision to step aside was not one made out of anger, and said he would be happy to help as a voting member of the committee.
“I’m not mad at anybody,” he said. “It’s a big commitment ... the program requires an 80-hour per month commitment.”
In Deapen’s other “part-time” job, “I’m working seven days a week, and I’m tired,” he said.
Pay explained his position.
“I think we’re just saying, is there any way to salvage a good man who’s done a hell of a good job,” Pay said.
Proctor and Pay withdrew the motion and second, and Commissioner Ellen Redmon made a motion to accept Deapen’s resignation, which Proctor seconded, “reluctantly,” he said.
Main Street President Phyllis Williams told the commission the committee would like to recommend Jan Deigl to fill the vacancy.
“We would like the position filled as quickly as possible,” Williams said. “We would like to be a certified city by the end of the year.”
However, the position has to be advertised, City Clerk Steve Biven said.
Ingram recommended the city — instead of the Main Street committee — handle the advertisement and interview the candidates who apply. Spears seconded the motion, which passed 4-1 with Pay voting no.
The advertisement is scheduled to run in this week’s paper, with applications being accepted for about 10 days. The commission and the committee hope to have the vacancy filled by the end of the month.