Finance chief named interim EP manager

EAST PALESTINE — The East Palestine Village Council unanimously selected Finance Director Traci Thompson to serve as interim village manager during a special meeting Friday. Council met in executive session for an hour before making the decision.

Thompson previously served as interim village manager in 2012 when then manager Gary Clark stepped down. Thompson served in that capacity until June of that year, when Pete Monteleone was hired.

Monteleone has recently announced he is resigning and Thompson will serve in his stead until a permanent replacement can be found.

Council will be accepting applications for the job until 4 p.m. April 19. Applications should be sent to council clerk Misti Martin, 85 N. Market St., East Palestine, Ohio, 44413.

Also during the meeting, council directed Municipal Attorney Dave Powers to draft legislation setting Thompson’s compensation as interim manager.

Council also unanimously approved a motion to establish an advertising budget for the hiring of a new manager.