Acting city manager no longer ‘acting’

Acting city manager no longer 'acting' Acting city manager Brian Crist won't be 'acting' much longer. A proposed bylaw brought before city council on Monday would see Crist appointed as interim city manager.

Acting city manager Brian Crist won’t be ‘acting’ much longer.

A proposed bylaw brought before city council on Monday would see Crist appointed as interim city manager. The previous manager, Stan Westby, was fired in September. He had been on a medical leave since April.

City rules require a bylaw to appoint a city manager, and Crist will now officially take on the role until a permanent manager can be appointed.

“No one works more closely with the mayor than the city manager,” said Mayor Dan Curtis at Monday’s meeting.

“I just want to say congratulations” to Crist, Curtis said.

The city has not said why Westby was fired, and when the News reached him after his dismissal, Westby said he couldn’t discuss the situation because he may pursue legal action.

The bylaw still technically has to pass first, second and third reading, but that is expected to be only a formality in this case.