MABTON - The position of city clerk/treasurer will remain vacant for the time being after Ret Stewart decided not to sign the contract.
At Tuesday night's council meeting the Mabton council authorized Mayor Velva Herrera to enter into a contract with Stewart to come in and take care of the books until December. By then the city had expected to have a permanent city clerk/treasurer in place.
Stewart told the Daily Sun News that she and Herrera met on Thursday but felt the best course of action was not to work for the city.
"The mayor would like to follow the course she is on," Stewart said. "She hopes to hire someone in the next two weeks and has applied for a grant to help with the training."
Because of this Stewart thought there wasn't a point in just coming in for two weeks.
"I respect her decision and will certainly honor her wishes," Stewart added.
Stewart indicated that Herrera only contacted her because of council's wishes.
"I told her I work for her and that she had to be on board for me to come in and work there," Stewart added.
The mayor said she has some good applicants and expects to make a decision soon.
Applications for the position of city clerk/treasurer will be accepted until June 30, at 5 p.m.
When Herrera was contacted by the Daily Sun News she had no comment, preferring the Daily Sun News talk to Stewart first. Herrera didn't return calls this morning.