By Christina Derr
The Reno City Council voted 5-0 at its Feb. 26 meeting to appoint Director of Public Works Scott Passmore as the acting city administrator in the absence of Joe Polino, who was placed on administrative leave in November.
Since that time, Passmore has been attempting to fill the role, but, Mayor Eric Hunter said, has run into issues in dealing with other cities because he didn’t carry the city administrator title.
“The acting city administrator is someone who acts while the current city administrator is not there, this is going to give Scott the ability to work with other cities with a title,” Hunter said.
“Some of the cities have said ‘Well, we want to talk to your city administrator,’ and Scott, even though he is the director of public works, doesn’t have that title, so for the time being we are giving him that title.”
Council member Billie Steele moved to name Passmore as the acting city administrator, and Council member Kerry Jenkins seconded the motion before the unanimous vote.
Claims and disputes between Polino and the city are still pending.
However, the council did vote unanimously after more than an hour in executive session to “authorize Hunter to issue a check for $10,000 to the Texas Municipal League Risk Pool regarding the Polino pending claims and disputes,” according to the motion made by Mayor Pro Tem John Basham.