ST. MARYS — City councilors approved the first reading of an emergency ordinance Monday night that would name Greg Foxhoven the new safety-service director.
Following an executive session, councilors approved the first reading of the measure that would remove the interim label from Foxhoven’s current title. According to the ordinance, Foxhoven would be paid an annual salary of $82,000.
After a lengthy search, St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan announced his intention to hire Foxhoven, pending council approve of his contract. The ordinance also waives the engineering and residency requirements for Foxhoven — who lives approximately a mile outside the city limits.
“He (Foxhoven) interviewed the best of anyone that I’ve been a part of here,” McGowan told The Evening Leader following the meeting. “He’s passionate about the community. He is a proven leader in his management of the police department and as his stint here temporarily, his performance has been exemplary. He’s respected and has a lot of integrity and that’s something that I think sets him apart from everyone else.”