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Palmer city secretary resigns

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Mark Varsel
The Ellis County Press
PALMER - Palmer City Secretary, Alicia Baran, has resigned her position. Effective on Friday, Aug. 17, Baran had begun training her successor a couple of weeks prior. Baran had been a regular around city hall for several years, beginning her tenure under outgoing Mayor Don Huskins.

Asked about the spate of recent turmoil engulfing city hall, Baran was quick to respond, 'I just ignore it.'

Pointing to a calendar on her office wall, Baran said, 'Look at this calendar. Look at all those days with meetings every night. This is about spending time with my kids. I've found another good job that won't require all the additional late nights and I couldn't refuse.'

Regarding the recent unrest in the city, Baran said, 'You know, it takes too long. It takes too much time. It takes on a life of its own. I have to get away from it. There are so many people in this town. They have to allow you to stay neutral. The citizens put them (the new Mayor and Council members) in office. They'll have to live with the repercussions, live with the decisions they made at the voting booth, as long as those people are in office.'

Baran was excited about her new position.

She will be working locally for an individual doing 'books and payroll'.

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