Bechtel hired as full-time Mt. Vernon city manager

MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, in a special meeting of the Mt. Vernon City Council, the council appointed Mary Ellen Bechtel as city manager and finalized a new contract with her. Bechtel had been appointed interim city manager in April and had served in that capacity since.

The council indicated that of 14 initial applicants that was narrowed to three with one of those candidates being offered and accepting another position leaving Bechtel and another candidate as finalists for the position.

The terms of the contract are for two years with renewal of terms annually after the initial term has lapsed. She will receive a salary of $105,000 annually.