MCBAIN — The city of McBain has created a new position for its former Department of Works Superintendent Craig Fisher.
In a written statement, McBain Mayor Joey Roberts said city council approved creating a new temporary consultant position for Fisher. The temporary position will be reviewed again by the council before the end of this calendar year.
“Consultation with Craig over the past few months in addressing some health issues led us to create this position,‘ Roberts said. “This will allow reduced work hours for Craig and allow the City to retain his valuable 30+ years of expertise, especially with our water and sewer systems.‘
With the position, Fisher will work 20 hours a week part-time with full medical benefits. Mike King, the former DPW assistant superintendent, has taken on the role of superintendent.
The assistant superintendent position is open but the city is not hiring for it and council will evaluate everything at the end of the year to decide their next steps, Roberts said.
He wouldn’t say Fisher or his wife are happy with the decision and it’s “been a touchy subject here.‘
He said this situation is the hardest thing he’s had to do since he was elected and Fisher has been with the McBain for decades.
“We appreciate all the work he’s done for the city,‘ Roberts said.
The Cadillac News reached out to the DPW office for comment from Fisher or King but did not hear back from either before the time of publication.