UTICA- Utica's City Clerk, Patricia Lindsey, announced her retirement in November 2017, so deputy city clerk Michelle George has been filling the position.
Instead of promoting George to city clerk, city council voted to open up the position for interviews. They voted on this last week.
George has worked in the clerk's office for 15 years, but she's been deputy clerk for the past four years.
Some of the council members thought with George having so much experience in the clerk's office, she would be promoted.
NEWSChannel 2 spoke with members who voted to open the position, and they said this position was important and they needed to explore all options.
"It's nice to go out there and find out who's out there," said Utica City Council member, Jack Lomedico.
Council member Joe Marino also spoke on the topic. He said George is a terrific candidate for the position. "Michelle is a terrific person and a terrific candidate for the job and I look forward to hearing from her in the future, I know she's very interested," said Marino.
Michelle George didn't want to talk on camera but she did tell us, "They made their decision. I support the decision and I look forward to the end result."
There's no time table as to when a decision will be made.