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Hancock mayor seeking reelection

October 13, 2000

Hancock mayor seeking reelection



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy has announced he is seeking reelection.

Among the issues he's ready to tackle, if reelected, is the transition to a replacement for Town Manager Louis Close.

Nominees must file by 5 p.m. Nov. 29 for the Jan. 29 town election.

Murphy has served as mayor since 1996 and was on the Town Council from 1992 to 1992. Mayor terms last two years and council terms last four years.

He feels the council has accomplished a great deal and he wants to continue working on some ongoing projects, he said.

Close has announced he will retire by next September, when he turns 65. It has been his plan for several months to retire by the time he turns 65.

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"It is time to retire," Close said Thursday. "You got to enjoy life for the last 10 to 15 years."

Close has been town manager since June 1994. He was on the Town Council from 1991 to 1994.

He is trying to give them plenty of time to find a replacement, he said.

Murphy said Close has done a great job, especially with regard to getting government grants to pay for local projects.

The hope is to find someone to come on board in time for both to be in the office at the same time, he said.

While the next town manager doesn't have to be a Hancock resident, he or she would need to move to town if hired, Murphy said.

The terms of Murphy, Hancock Councilmen Darwin Mills and Greg Yost expire in February.

Mills said Thursday he will seek to continue in elected public office but has not decided which position.

Yost could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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