In an odd way, City Manager Leon Towarnicki has hired City Attorney Eric Monday as Assistant City Manager, replacing Wayne Knox. The City usually releases an announcement of new appointments of significance, but in this case, Knox retired on June 30th and Monday began with his new title and almost twice his salary on July 1st. No announcement was made.
Monday will continue as City Attorney and Councilman Danny Turner is calling that a conflict of interest. According to Turner, the City Attorney works for City Council while the Assistant City Manager works for the City Manager. Monday says he and Towarnicki have agreed that such a conflict arise, Monday’s duty first will be to City Council.