Feedback: Interim Watertown City Manager's First Day On Job

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John Krol, Watertown's new interim city manager, is now on the job after arriving at city hall bright and early Wednesday morning.

He was introduced by Mayor Jeff Graham during a meeting with department heads.

Krol had a head start getting to know the city of Watertown; he was hired as a consultant in February to find the next permanent manager.

"I've learned a great deal that way. I find the community to be in excellent condition," said Krol.

Krol was hired Monday night as the interim replacement for Mary Corriveau, whose last day was Tuesday.

If Krol looks familiar, it's because he was city manager in Ogdensburg for 18 years until 2005. 

Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham says that's part of the reason why Krol is a good fit.

"His experience and his background, I think, allows him to carry out the functions of city manager in the upcoming 2, 3, 4 months, whatever it takes," said Graham.

Graham said Krol won't just serve as a space-filler at city hall. 

Krol will quickly get to work managing the city, which will likely include hiring a new police chief.

Current chief Joe Goss retires in June. 

Krol is also heading up the search for a new permanent city manager.

"On Friday, close of business, I'll be passing on to the city council the full package of resumes and applications that we've received," said Krol.

Krol won't say how many applications have been received, but he says if all goes as planned, a new manager will be hired by mid-summer.

See our earlier story.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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