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Crocker city clerk resigns; special council meeting called for Sunday
CROCKER, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2009) — The Crocker City Council will hold a highly unusual Sunday afternoon meeting to review city clerk candidates.

According to Mayor Linda Wilson, City Clerk Rita Bomar has resigned and the 1 p.m. Sunday session will evaluate several candidates to replace her.

“We had a whole stack full of candidates, but we will only be interviewing a few of them, maybe four or five,” Wilson said.

Sunday’s agenda will be limited to reviewing applicants with no other items discussed, Wilson said. The unusual time was due to the difficulty of getting enough aldermen together at any other time for a majority of the council to be present.

City officials also learned recently that their newly hired police chief, Stephen North, will be delayed in his arrival to Missouri. North is currently on the Tulane University police department in New Orleans and has had delays in selling his house and moving back to Missouri, Wilson said, but he should still be able to arrive in Crocker by the end of the year.

North replaces longtime Police Chief Robert Ishmael, who resigned this fall to accept a position at Fort Leonard Wood but will continue as a volunteer captain on the fire department. The chief’s duties have been filled on an interim basis by Glen Smith, a reserve officer with the Crocker Police Department who works full-time as a civilian desk sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood.

Despite the police personnel shortages, Wilson said Crocker has been able to maintain full-shift staffing of the police department by using Smith and other reserve officers in the interim period until North arrives.

While he’s not originally from the Crocker area, North has family members in Missouri living west of Pulaski County and had wanted to return to south-central Missouri, Wilson said.

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