The resignation of Caryville Street Department Director David Muse caught the board of mayor and aldermen by surprise Monday night.
A discussion between the board and Muse about replacing two positions in the department led to the impromptu delivery of Muse’s own resignation.
The evening’s agenda listed the need for a street department employee because Freddy Stagnolia has given a two-week notice.
Stagnolia is leaving the department as of Oct. 1. And apparently so is Muse. During the discussion of street department positions, Muse said to include his position because he was also leaving. Muse stated the town’s decision to decrease hours at will was one of the reasons for leaving.
“It is going to be hard to replace you,” said Alderman Wade Lawson.
With the resignations of the department head and one full-time employee the town is faced with the challenge of filling those positions before the winter season arrives.
With one full-time and part-time employee remaining in the department, they may have promotions coming their way, according to Mayor Robert Stooksbury.
But the dilemma remains in getting qualified people hired and trained before another difficult winter presents itself, said City Recorder Cheryl Ivey.
While the street department faces a shortage in workers, Police Chief Johnny Jones fears the same for his department.
The fear of loosing a good officer prompted Jones to again request the promotion of part-time officer Ben Marlow. Jones said the sheriff’s department is hiring and qualified people are going there for a better salary.
“He’s been doing a good job and we need to hire him full-time with benefits,” said Jones.
Alderman Chris Stanley reiterated Jones’ concerns by saying the county is hiring and Caryville may loose Marlow to another agency.
The board approved the promotion of Marlow to full-time with benefits and decided to advertise for applicants to fill one full-time and one part-time position in the street department.