By Bobby Bordelon\r\n\r\nThe months-long hunt for a new City Administrator in Ronceverte is finally over - previous accounting manager and acting city administrator Pam Mentz was approved by City Council on Monday, December 7, approving a change to city code in order to formally grant her the position.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m happy to cast my vote in the affirmative on this motion,\u201d said Recorder Deena Pack.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think we all are,\u201d replied Mayor David Smith.\r\n\r\nIn order to approve Mentz, City Council voted to change city code - previously, Ronceverte\u2019s Municipal Ordinances required the City Administrator to have a bachelor\u2019s degree from \u201can accredited college or university,\u201d but now \u201cthis shall not be an absolute requirement\u201d as \u201crelevant past experience may be taken into consideration when considering the qualifications of any candidate for this position.\u201d\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_51741" align="alignright" width="552"]<img class=" wp-image-51741" src="https:\/\/mountainmessenger.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2020\/10\/IMG_4280-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="552" height="414" \/> Mentz (seated, right side) has been a staple of Ronceverte City Council meetings.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nMentz\u2019s past experience is directly relevant - since the departure of former City Administrator Reba Mohler, Mentz has filled in many of these duties, then being appointed acting city administrator in September. Before this, Mentz served as the city\u2019s accounting manager.\r\n\r\n\u201cI know this has been an interesting six months to get to this, but we appreciate your time as acting [city administrator],\u201d Smith said.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m very honored, thank you all for giving me this opportunity. I\u2019ve been here 11 years and hopefully many, many more,\u201d Mentz said.\r\n\r\nInterviews to fill Mentz\u2019s previous position are ongoing.\r\n\r\nIn other business:\r\n\r\nSmith celebrated the memorial parade for Gary \u201cP Nut\u201d Bland, saying he would \u201cbe missed.\u201d For more about the life of the well known EMT, local volunteer, DJ, and more, see the story in last week\u2019s Mountain Messenger - \u201c<a href="https:\/\/mountainmessenger.com\/judy-bland-er-nurse-and-wife-of-gary-p-nut-bland-remembers-her-husband-after-fatal-battle-with-covid-19\/">Judith Bland, ER nurse and wife of Gary \u201cP Nut\u201d Bland, remembers her husband after fatal battle with COVID-19<\/a>\u201d\r\n\r\nAlthough unhappy with the cancellation of the annual Christmas parade due to COVID-19, Smith hopes the upcoming vaccine will allow for events in 2021.\r\n\r\nThe city\u2019s annual holiday dinner will not be held during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, a boxed, grab-and-go breakfast or lunch is currently in the works.\r\n\r\n\u201cI hope you all have a safe, safe, safe, Christmas and a happy New Year,\u201d Smith said.