Tensions Ran High At Corriveau's Last Meeting As City Manager
It was an emotional good-bye for Mary Corriveau Monday night as she attended her last city council meeting as Watertown city manager.
"She's done an exemplary job," said Watertown resident Nic Darling. "Unfortunately, due to the decision of the esteemed council members - and I use that term very lightly - she will no longer be with us."
Lawmakers voted not to renew her contract in January. After a 27-year career in city government, her last day is Tuesday.
"The city was here long before you, Mary, long before any of us, and it will continue, but you have made a difference," said Carolyn Fitzpatrick, chair of the Jefferson County legislature.
Corriveau told staff members she knew they would make sure the city continued to succeed under its stated beliefs.
"I also know that this team will carry them on and, for that, I'm proud," Corriveau said.
One of Corriveau's final acts was to present the city's budget for the 2012-2012 fiscal year.
"Very appreciative of budget that was proposed, the work that went into it, the innovative solutions to some of these structural problems," said Mayor Jeff Graham. "We look forward to working through it in the coming weeks."
In a last minute resolution, John Krol was unanimously appointed interim city manager. He'll also continue to head up the search for a permanent replacement, a job he was hired on to do in February.
The decision to have Krol do - and be paid for - both jobs has some community members upset.
"You have to do what you have to do," Graham said. "I mean, you've got an obligation, you took an oath to keep things going."
But for community members who attended Monday night's meeting, the real duty was to recognize Corriveau's departure.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, Watertown, NY
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