March 17, 2013

Galveston marshal abruptly retires

Council president says residency an issue.

by Ken de la Bastide
For the Pharos-Tribune

GALVESTON — Galveston Town Marshal Mike Clark abruptly retired Tuesday following a meeting with members of the Galveston Town Council.

A member of the department since 1986 and marshal since 2011, Clark informed council members he was retiring during an administrative meeting.

Pat Gunnell, president of the town council, said Friday that during the administrative meeting, council members voiced support for Clark’s policy that paid police officers live within town limits.

She said Clark told council members he was moving out of town and suddenly announced his intention to retire.

Clark’s last day will be March 31, and he is currently using vacation time.

“He wanted the town council to allow him to live out of town,” Gunnell said. “He wanted us to make an exception to his own rule. The town doesn’t have a rule.”

The council plans to meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Town Hall to name an interim marshal.

Immediately following the public meeting, the council will meet in executive session for “the purpose of receiving information concerning an employee’s alleged misconduct.”

Acting on the advice of their attorney, town officials would provide no information about the executive session or what employee or department is involved.

The town’s government operates with two departments: the police department, and the streets and utilities departments.

Last year, the council gave Clark a one-time raise of $5,338 taking his salary to approximately $40,000 for the year.

During his tenure as marshal, Clark brought in several thousand dollars for use by the police department and was leading the effort to convert a former convenience store into a headquarters for the department.


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