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Interim administrator looks forward to plunging in

Staff writer

The first thing Mark McAnarney wants to do when he takes office Thursday as Marion’s interim city administrator is get to know people.

“For the first three or four weeks, the schedule will be that,” McAnarney said.

His contract with the city calls for generally three days a week in Marion. He will be paid $488 for a full day or $244 for a day of five hours or less. He will not receive other benefits.

After he gets to know city department heads, employees, and residents, he’ll learn exactly what the city needs, he said. His schedule might change accordingly.

He said he had no particular schedule planned for his first day in office but does plan to come meet people at the newspaper with any eye toward enhancing the working relationship between the city and the newspaper.

McAnarney said he also would look over the city’s finances and see how the city could best spend its money.

City Council members approved a contract with McAnarney Feb. 5.

A former city manager of Emporia, he fills a void left by the resignation Nov. 15 of Brogan Jones. McAnarney most recently was interim administrator of Neodesha, where Jones went when he left Marion.

McAnarney has an undergraduate degree in history and education from Washburn University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.

Last modified Feb. 14, 2024