The Ely City Council narrowed their search for a new city attorney down to one candidate in a special meeting held on Monday in the National Guard Armory. After conducting interviews with two local lawyers, Mayor Melody Van Camp made a suggestion to appoint one. The candidate being offered the position has asked for their name not to be published as of press time so they can further consider whether or not to accept the position.
Whoever steps into the role of City Attorney will take the place of Richard Sears, who submitted his letter of resignation at the previous council meeting. Sear’s resignation is set to become effective on Jan. 5, though he said he would stay on temporarily until the council finds a replacement.
The council also unanimously approved a motion to relocate city council meetings to the meeting room inside the White Pine County Pool building. According to City Clerk Robert Sweitzer, the move will save the city $1,500 a year in fees. In another cost saving effort, the council voted to begin looking for a certified Water Distribution Operator and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Councilman Marty Westland said that the city would stand to save money if they could hire one person to handle both jobs.