Malone Let Go After Less Than Two Months
By Will Johnson
ELKHART – During a meeting of the Elkhart City Council held on July 18, the council voted to terminate the position of city manager held by David Malone. Malone had been with the city of Elkhart less than two months.
When the council went into executive session at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, it was stated on the meeting agenda the elected city officials would deliberate and evaluate “… all aspects of (the) position, work performance (and) employment status of (the) city manager.”
At 8:37 p.m., the council emerged from behind closed doors and reconvened the open part of the meeting. The first order of business was a motion by Mayor Pro Tem Billy Jack Wright.
“Mayor (Mike Gordon), I’m going to make a motion to terminate the position of city manager for the City of Elkhart, immediately on this date, July 18,” the mayor pro tem said.
The motion was seconded by Council Member Chris Bice and passed by a margin of 4-0. Councilman Chris Sheridan had a prior commitment and was unable to attend the meeting.
Following the conclusion of the council session, the Elkhart mayor was questioned about why Malone’s position was terminated.
“We just decided we needed to go in a different direction than what we hired him for. That’s really about it,” Gordon said.
“There were some personal issues with some of the employees but I can’t elaborate on that,” the mayor added. “We tried to correct that in the past, but that’s about it. It’s unfortunate, but we are trying to move in the right direction and do a lot of things. Hopefully, we can get someone in here that will go in the direction we need to go.”
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