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Kanab City Council hires new city manager, Glen Vernon
The Kanab City Council voted unanimously to hire Glen K. Vernon, 72, of Springville, Utah, as the new Kanab City Manager at the August 13 meeting.
After receiving 47 resume applications and interviewing personally or by phone eight of those applicants, Vernon easily became the council’s top candidate. He brings city management, a background in finance and accounting, and experience as a practicing attorney to the $70,000 per year job.
Council members’ comments on Vernon’s candidacy included Jim Sorenson saying, “Mr. Vernon brings a well-rounded work experience, with budget and accounting system knowledge. He is an approachable individual, and will create rapport with the council and the community.”
Brent Chamberlain stated, “Mr. Vernon’s technical skills and work experience were a good fit for Kanab’s needs. He can bring people together and be good for the community. He was clearly the best choice and there were no reservations on the part of the selectors.”
Joe B. Wright said, “I was impressed with his financial background, and he is a people person, which should be good for community relations.”
Kirt Carpenter praised the council and mayor for the “forthright manner in which the candidates were evaluated and the conclusion we came to on Mr. Vernon.”
Vernon asked for an at-will employment arrangement, rather than a formal contract, according to Mayor Laycook. He is quoted as saying, “If, at any time, the council is dissatisfied with my job performance, they can show me the door and I will leave.”
Some members of the council were uncomfortable with this and wanted some sort of agreement specifying performance standards, which will be formulated before Vernon starts working the first week of September.
The city plans to hold a meet and greet session for Vernon and his wife, Lorraine, as soon as arrangements can be made.
Kanab’s road chip seal project is planned to begin August 26, with actual roadwork to start after Labor Day. It will be concentrated in the northeast section of town east of 100 East and north of 100 North.
JDM of Kanab was the lowest of four bids submitted for the not-to-exceed $170,000 project. Their bid was $1.96/sq.yd. plus an $800 mobilization fee. The next closest bid was from Cactus Paving of Phoenix at $2.03, followed by Lamb Construction of Long Valley at $2.09 and Mel Clark at $2.10/sq.yd.
Kanab City Public Works Director Keith Robinson and his staff will closely supervise JDM’s work after considering some issues involved with JDM’s roadwork for the city in the past.
Council member reports included Carpenter’s, who said Red Tail Aviation’s arrangement with the city at the airport has worked out well for them. “They are pleased with the reception they’ve received from the city and are doing well – with the majority of their air tour clients coming from Amangiri, Western River Expeditions and those folks not getting their Wave permits.”
Chamberlain said ticket sales for Western Legends this weekend were 20% above last year, but that vendor booth requests were lower.
Harold Mace’s archival photos of Kanab and environs in past decades can be seen at the Heritage Museum, and will be incorporated into the Mormon Heritage Trail project.
The baseball park fee arrangements are still pending. The tennis court refurbishing project benefitted from a fundraising dinner on August 13.
Wright stated applicants were needed for two positions on the Library Board and one on the Arts Council.
The Kane County Water Conservancy District will ask the city for a small parcel of land for the interment of those human remains removed during the excavation of the Jackson Flat Reservoir.