By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
PITTSBURG, Kan. —
The city of Pittsburg began a search for a new finance director this week after Jon Garrison, who had held the position for 24 years, resigned to accept a job with the city of Fort Scott as finance director.
Garrison came to Pittsburg from Fort Scott, where he served as finance director from June 1982 to February 1988.
The Pittsburg position is the city’s chief financial officer — a “high priority to fill,” said Daron Hall, city manager.
He appointed Jamie Clarkson, assistant finance director, as the interim finance director while the search for a replacement is under way.
“We won’t drag our feet; we will fill it as soon as we can,” Hall said.
Hall, who began his job in May, said he hadn’t worked with Garrison long, but he knew he was responsible for the city budget and bonds during a time when numerous large capital investments were being made, including a new fire station, a new law enforcement center, a new water treatment plant and the renovation of the Pittsburg Public Library.
“Jon was helpful to me in the six months I was here, and we wish him the best,” Hall said.
The city also will lose its fire chief, Scott Crain, who announced his retirement earlier this month after 34 years with the city, and its economic development director, Mark Turnbull, who announced his retirement earlier this month after 18 years with the city. Crain’s last day will be Jan. 1, and Turnbull’s last day will be Dec. 15.
No replacement for Crain has been announced. Hall said he will work with the City Commission to determine what to do about Turnbull’s position.
JON GARRISON’S last day on the job as Pittsburg finance director was Nov. 21.