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Despite an ongoing controversy, the Ocean City, Md. council voted to move forward in offering the resort's city manager position to their top candidate.
After 90 minutes of deliberation behind closed doors, the councilmembers emerged from the back room of city hall yesterday with three of them, including the mayor, looking like they just lost an argument.
For the citizens in the audience who came to protest, the verdict was swift and it sent them headed for the exits like fans of the hometeam after suffering a blowout.
Council President Jim Hall confirmed what many had predicted, announcing that in a split 4-3 vote, the council would offer the position to their top candidate.
Although the identity of the candidate was not revealed, it is presumed to be David Recor, the current city manager in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Last week, it was revealed via public phone records that councilman Joe Hall had spoken with Recor for 13 minutes, in a conversation that had not only violated the council's agreement to not contact any of the candidates, but also prompted several councilmembers to call for the termination and do-over of the process.
Former City Manager Dennis Dare was unexpectedly fired by the council majority back in September, with the only explanation being that they wanted to take the town in a new direction.