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Clayton assumes city manager's role full-time

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COMMERCE – The City of Commerce has a new city manager, following council's decision Tuesday to remove the interim tag from Marc Clayton's title.

Clayton has been acting city manager for the past year following the resignation of Dion Miller. He had also served in the interim role after Bill Shipp resigned in 2008.

A resident of Bonham, Clayton was hired nine years ago as director of administrative services, a title he still holds and will continue to maintain in conjunction with his city manager duties.

Amendments to the Commerce City Charter, passed by voters in 2010, allow the City Council to decide whether an individual who lives outside the city limits can serve as city manager. Clayton says he will continue to reside in Bonham. Tuesday's decision was unanimous.

City Attorney Jim McLeroy was charged with drawing up a contract for Clayton which council will address during next month's meeting.