Mayor Rodney Elliott said after Tuesday night's City Council meeting that the council will hold a special meeting Monday at 5 p.m. in the Council chamber to appoint an acting city manager upon City Manager Bernie Lynch's departure March 10.

Elliott said the council will still be in the middle of the selection process March 10 and, by law, a department head has to be designated.

Elliott said the discussion has centered on City Clerk Michael Geary as the person likely to be appointed acting city manager.

"The next individual in the line of succession would be the city clerk, but that is up to the full City Council to make that decision. But in light of the CFO, Assistant City Manager and auditor all resigning, logically, he seems to be the next individual in the line of succession to be appointed."

The person appointed to be acting city manager will likely serve in that capacity for 30 to 60 days, Elliott said.

"Under the law, there needs to be a city manager and the council has to appoint an acting city manager, not interim," he said.

Elliott said Geary works for the City Council, so "I'll presume he will accept it. There's an assistant city clerk who can fill in for him temporarily, but it can be any department head (as acting city manager)."

Elliott said the council will discuss the acting city manager's salary, "but to me, he will assume the duties for 30 to 60 days," meaning he would keep his current salary.

The deadline for applications for the permanent city-manager position is Feb. 28. Elliott said it will take the council about a week to review the applications before holding a special meeting to set up interviews with roughly five candidates. He expects those interviews to take a week before the council selects a candidate. Once the chosen individual gives their current employer two weeks notice, they would take over.