BREAKING NEWS: OC Council Decides On City Manager

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OCEAN CITY — Although the individual’s identity has not been confirmed officially, the City Council voted 4-3 in closed session this afternoon to move forward with negotiations for the next city manager.

The council went into closed session at 11:30 a.m. today and returned 90 minutes to report the results of the meeting. The council will now continue the process, which includes salary negotiations and a time table for the individual.

The 4-3 vote fell on majority-minority lines with Brent Ashley, Jim Hall, Joe Hall and Margaret Pillas in favor of hiring David Recor, current city manager for Ft. Pierce, Fla., while Doug Cymek, Mary Knight and Lloyd Martin opposed.

Last week, Councilman Joe Hall confirmed he had a 13-minute conversation on April 11 with his “front runner” in the process. According to the cell records obtained by The Dispatch, the cell phone number he called belonged to Recor, who has been with Ft. Pierce since 2005 and has 22 years of government experience.

Recor was reportedly chosen over another finalist, whose identity is not known because no elected official contacted that candidate.

Recor’s annual salary with Ft. Pierce is $133,640. He works on an annual contract, which renews itself each year. Recor must give 90 days’ notice, according to his contract.

To learn more about Recor, search his name at www.tcpalm.com.

The Dispatch will have more on this story in the days to come.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.