Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 16, 2013

Unknowns in Clark’s retirement

Galveston has no marshal.

By Ken de la Bastide
Tribune enterprise editor

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

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

The Galveston Town Council has scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. Monday at the 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 department is involved.

Galveston only has two departments: the police department, and streets and utilities.

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 the 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 is March 31, but 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.”

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.