Two days after his settlement with the Ottumwa City Council was finalized, Andy Morris has a new job, just a few miles to the south.
As first reported in the Bloomfield Democrat, the Bloomfield City Council plans to hire Morris as its interim city administrator. Morris’ second term as Ottumwa’s city administrator ended on August 20th, when Mayor Tom Lazio placed him on administrative leave.
Bloomfield’s city council will meet tonight, and is expected to officially approve Morris’ hiring. Reports say that, as an interim city administrator, his initial contract will last 90 days. The contract has a month-to-month option after the 90 days expires, presumably to give the city more time to hire a permanent city administrator if needed.Bloomfield’s previous city administrator, Gary Boden, resigned in July.
Morris first served as Ottumwa’s city administrator from July 2006 to August 2007. He returned to the post in November 2015, serving for three and a half years before he was placed on leave and then resigned. The settlement approved by the Ottumwa City Council on Tuesday allows Morris to collect his salary through February of next year.
Ottumwa has temporarily made changes in its city leadership until a new city administrator is hired. Lazio has been appointed as the interim city administrator, and council member Matt Dalbey was named Mayor Pro Tem, meaning Dalbey will fulfill the duties of mayor until a new city administrator is hired.