Update: John Krol Named Interim City Manager


As expected, the Watertown city council named John Krol to the job of interim city manager. Krol will work two to three days a week.

For his work, Krol will be paid $600 a day. He won't be reimbursed for his travel or overnight lodging.

Krol lives in Waddington, in St. Lawrence County.

Krol is already the city's consultant in the search for a permanent replacement for Mary Corriveau. (Monday night was Corriveau's last council meeting, and it was an emotional session. See our report here.)

Under the terms of the deal approved Monday night, Krol will not aply for the permanent job of city manager.

Our report from Monday, before the council session

Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham says city lawmakers will vote Monday night on making John Krol the interim city manager.

Graham tells 7 News a resolution will be presented during the city council meeting to have Krol take over for outgoing City Manager Mary Corriveau, whose last day is Tuesday.

Lawmakers are expected to approve the resolution.

"Hopefully, that's the direction they will go," said Graham.

Krol, who previously served 18 years as Ogdensburg city manager, declined comment.

"I think he'd be able to step in there and have a smooth transition from the present city manager to the transition to the new city manager. I think he'd do a great job in the interim," said Ogdensburg Mayor Bill Nelson.

In February, Watertown City Council approved a $10,000 contract with Krol to help find a replacement for Corriveau.

Krol had previously said he wasn't interested in acting as interim city manager.

"I prevailed on him to reconsider and he willing to," said Graham.

In January, the city council told Corriveau her contract would not be renewed.

Shortly after, she announced her retirement.

The deadline to apply for city manager is the end of this week.

There's no word on how many people have applied for the job.


Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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