Moore takes city's reigns, council debates nominations

Two-term Mayor John Spring gave his final speech Monday afternoon highlighting what he considered two major accomplishments of as chief executive of the city of Quincy.

Spring spoke at City Hall about his outgoing administration and how he believes the city is in much better financial shape than it was when he took office.

He pointed to a reserve fund with more than $2.6 million.

â??I mean, if they can't do well with these numbers, I'm not sure how they can do well at all because these are terrific numbers,â?? Spring said. â??We did what we needed to do in a difficult period of time, and we reduced our head count while keeping all of our services intact.â??

The first Republican majority in decades assumes power Monday evening as Kyle Moore is sworn in. Moore will preside over a City Council where Republicans dominate.

Moore's administration got its first test last week when KHQA was the first to report that a business operated by the man he tapped to be the city's budget director owed more than $750,000 in unpaid payroll taxes over a decade.

Third Ward Alderman Paul Havermale notified the city Sunday that he would not accept the position of director of administrative services and purchasing.

Alarm Systems Inc. was owned by Stephen Havermale. Paul Havermale ran the company since the early 1990s.

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Paul Havermale will remain on the City Council as Moore now looks to fill the $82,000 a year position that oversees purchasing and city finances.

At Monday night's City Council meeting Kyle Moore was officially sworn in as Mayor of the city of Quincy. But the council voted to put off for one week voting on his recommendations for the city's legal department.

Those positions include: Lonnie Dunn who is nominated for corporation counsel,Bruce Alford who is nominated for assistant corporation counsel and Ryan Schnack who is nominated for city attorney.

We asked the Mayor to explain why there was a delay on the vote.

"They just wanted more time since they had to deal with the director of administrative services issue. I think everyone was surprised by the amount of phone calls they got and by the constituents' reaction. So they just wanted to make sure that they give everybody enough time to make a proper decision," Moore said.

Mayor Moore said he's excited to get to work.

In the next few weeks, he says he wants to improve the city's job growth and implement a city performance scorecard that he promised in his campaign.