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Published: Thursday, 11/13/2008

Wauseon shelves plan to hire former LCIC chief

WAUSEON - City Council has indefinitely shelved a proposal to hire Shawn Ferguson, former director of the Lucas County Improvement Corp., for economic development services.

A final vote on the matter was planned for today, but the issue will remain tabled indefinitely, council President Doug Shaw said.

"We're going to keep the door open" to services from other economic development consultants, he said.

The proposal to hire Mr. Ferguson was scheduled for a final vote Nov. 3 but was tabled after Councilman Shane Chamberlin presented concerns that some of the services outlined in the contract already were provided by county officials.

On Oct. 20, on second reading of the contract, councilmen voted 3-2 to hire Mr. Ferguson and his Ferguson Advisory Services LLC. Councilmen Kathy Huner, Karen Krumm, and Don Mathews supported the measure; councilmen Chamberlin and Jeff Stiriz cast 'no' votes. Mr. Shaw was not present.

Since then, Mr. Ferguson, a former Fulton County economic development director, has withdrawn his candidacy for a one-year, part-time contract paying up to $26,480.

Mr. Ferguson resigned last year from the LCIC.

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