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New mayor fires senior services director

Mitchell Senior Services Executive Director Brenda Paradis will be fired effective July 16, Mayor Ken Tracy confirmed Friday morning.

Tracy said Paradis and City Attorney Randy Stiles were told Thursday morning they would not be re-appointed at the upcoming July 16 Mitchell City Council meeting.

Both were given the option to resign or retire rather than have their terminations announced at the meeting, Tracy said.

Paradis chose not to resign, Tracy said, and her dismissal will become official at the upcoming meeting.

Stiles chose to resign effective immediately, according to a letter Stiles emailed Thursday evening to The Daily Republic.

The search for replacements will begin "as soon as possible," Tracy said.

"I feel comfortable with how we're proceeding," Tracy said. "I have no regrets at this point. We're moving forward."