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After the departure of a third treasurer in a year, Marine City officials are set to sign another replacement at Thursday’s city commission meeting.

However, no draft employment contract was attached to the online agenda.

Earlier this week, City Manager Holly Tatman said they were still finalizing a new contract after interviewing candidates and hoped to have something for the commissioners.

Tatman declined to comment on the nature of former treasurer Tiffany Weatherly’s exit after commissioners were reportedly told of the departure in late July. She also declined to comment further on the considered candidate.

“Internal things like that, I try to keep the inside,” Tatman said, citing personal concerns. Still, she admitted she could answer specific questions from the commissioners in public on Thursday.

Weatherly, whose contract was approved by the commissioners on June 16, declined to comment Wednesday when reached by phone. Mayor Cheryl Vercammen also did not immediately call back this week.

Although the cause of Weatherly’s departure is unclear, Marine City officials have previously remarked on the level of expertise required for financial work. According to the minutes of the meeting, Commissioner Lisa Hendrick expressed concern about the volume and difficulty of the Treasurer’s work in June. At the time, Tatman said city office staff were cross-trained to provide extra checks and balances to help when Weatherly arrived.

Weatherly and his immediate predecessor Rachel Gottler had contracts with salaries of $68,500 and $68,000, respectively.

Weatherly came with experience overseeing accounts payable at two Michigan companies and other accounting experience in Las Vegas, Nevada, while Gottler had accounting and payroll experience with a professional organization in employers in St. Clair.

Gottler had been named at a special meeting on April 12. But Tatman signaled his resignation in mid-May.

The first treasurer and chief financial officer to leave last year was Megan Pearce, who was furloughed last fall amid an ongoing debate among commissioners over issues communicated out of office during the process of hiring Tatman as the new city manager.

Pearce left later and the city brought in professional accounting services by the end of 2021 to help the treasurer’s department, working with former city finance officer Mary Ellen McDonald, the lawsuit alleges. minutes of the meeting.

Marine City Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Guy Community Center, 260 S. Parker St. Agenda materials are traditionally available at https://www.cityofmarinecity.org/city-commission.

Contact Jackie Smith at (810) 989-6270 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @Jackie20Smith.