VAN (KYTX) -- The Van City Council voted Thursday night to appoint an interim city manager, but didn't pick a candidate just yet. The council decided to interview at least two more candidates before making a decision.

Council Member Amanda Davis pushed for the vote, saying citizens have demanded that the office be filled.

"They can fix the problem and get out," Davis told the council. "And we can hire somebody to come in and take over and get out city back in order."

The move comes after the former city manager, Yvonne McCauley, left under controversy in May. At the council's last meeting, Texas First Group offered its services on a temporary basis. Citing expense, council members decided not to go ahead with that group.

Council Members also discussed the city's finances, squeezed by the recovery from a tornado that struck in May. Members also voted to look into hiring a disaster management firm, to help get needed funds from government agency. But an attempt to move $70,000 from the city's reserves to help offset current costs was voted down.

Citizens who attended the meeting were outraged when council members narrowly voted to discuss a proposal to sell the city lake in closed session. Council members later decided to delay consideration on the issue until more citizen input can be gathered.

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