Pinkerton goodbyes begin

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Replacement search now on

By Mike Gibson

Kingston City Council members said their goodbyes to longtime City Manager Jim Pinkerton at his last official council meeting, each in his own special way.

Then they set about appointing another city stalwart to fill his shoes until a permanent replacement is chosen.

“I’m going to miss not coming down to City Hall to give you a hard time,” said Councilman Norm Sugarman.

“So long, Pumpkin,” Councilman Kevin McClure added with a broad grin.
Pinkerton sat quietly, smiling.

As a matter of business, however, Council acted on a new monthly discussion item on the council agenda — in effect until Pinkerton is replaced — regarding the city manager’s position.

At the suggestion of Vice Mayor Tim Neal, council members unanimously voted to appoint financial officer Carolyn Brewer acting city manager upon Pinkerton’s retirement April 26.

Brewer has served as temporary city manager before, both when the position was in flux and when Pinkerton was out of town.

“We’re in the middle of a complicated budget, and she’s our financial officer, so we’ll appreciate that as we go along,” said City Councilman Don White.

In other council business:
• Council voted on second reading to rezone land off Boeing Drive from residential to light industrial.
• Council adopted a resolution endorsing a project by Bethel Presbyterian Church — which plans to spearhead the fundraising effort — to build an amphitheater on waterfront property that would be under the control of Kingston Parks and Recreation.
• Council appointed Teresa Nichols — a former city council member — as its representative on the Personnel Advisory Board.