Lebanon City Manager Gary Marks resigns

By Sean C. Morgan

Lebanon Local

Lebanon City Manager Gary Marks resigned Thursday afternoon, Aug. 29.

The Lebanon City Council met in executive session, which is closed to the public, Thursday for nearly two hours. The purpose of the meeting was to consider the dismissal or disciplining of or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent who does not request an open hearing.

Convening in open session, Marks addressed the council: “I respectfully submit my resignation as city manager of Lebanon. It’s been my privilege to serve as your city manager, and I will remember our work here always.”

The council unanimously accepted the resignation.

“It’s a personnel decision,” said City Attorney Tre Kennedy.

He could not discuss the cause, he said, but acknowledged that the council requested the resignation.

Marks had been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 15.

“Gary did a good job in serving the community in the years he was here, and we’re really sorry to see him go,” said Mayor Paul Aziz following the council meeting.

“I’m sorry to see Gary go,” said Council President Jason Bolen. “He’s definitely left his mark. He’s been very well loved by the citizens and the council.”

Marks was hired as city manager in 2014 after serving as city manager in Ketchum, Idaho.

Engineering Services Director Ron Whitlach has been serving as acting city manager since Marks was placed on leave.