By Leah Schmalz
The Weekly Post
The town of Midland is moving forward in an effort to restructure its form of government from mayor-council to council-manager through a charter amendment.
The council unanimously adopted a resolution of intent and set a public hearing on the matter for the next regular meeting on September 8.
“It’s been a goal of this town for years to move to a council-manager form of government,” said Mayor Kathy Kitts.
This shift in the way the town operates would allow council and the mayor to focus on town policies instead of dedicating time to staff responsibilities. Additionally, the town manager would have more freedom to exercise policies without the need for council approval beforehand.
After the public hearing in September, the council can make a decision at the next consecutive meeting on October 13.
The council also passed a resolution during the meeting to extend the offer of full-time town administrator to Doug Paris, who had been serving as interim administrator. Paris would continue in the administrator role if the town switches to the council-manager government form. […]