The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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October 30, 2013

Ellis hired as Palestine's city manager


It's officially official.

Palestine interim City Manager Wendy Ellis accepted the official position after a lengthy executive session held during the second monthly city council meeting on Monday.

Ellis has been acting city manager since June, when former City Manager Mike Ohrt resigned to take a similar position with another city.

"I greatly appreciate the opportunity," Ellis said Tuesday. "I want to continue doing what we've been doing -- making good things happen for Palestine. I want to continue working with the city council, all the city departments, Main Street, the EDC and everyone else to keep us moving forward, in a positive direction."

Ellis was the Palestine Economic Development Corporation director before accepting the city manager's position. City officials said the search for a new PEDC director will begin soon.

"I think Wendy will make an excellent city manager," PEDC Assistant Director Greg Laudadio said Tuesday. "I've worked with her for the last three years. She's got excellent leadership skills and I think she'll be great for the city."

In other business, the Palestine City Council approved purchasing a used artificial ice skating rink from IceRinks2Go.

"It should be here just in time for Christmas," City Secretary Terese Herrera said. "We'll have it open through the month of December."

Also on Monday, the council:

• APPROVED a bid for HVAC equipment for the mall; and

• APPROVED renaming PC 6078 to Sanderson Farms Parkway.

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