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Vale City Manager resigns

The Vale City Council accepted the resignation of city manager Russ Kirkpatrick Tuesday night during its regular meeting. (Enterprise/File)

UPDATE: This story has been updated with new information.

VALE – City manager Russ Kirkpatrick abruptly resigned Tuesday night after a marathon executive session during the Vale City Council’s regular meeting.

The move means city officials will be back in the hunt for a person to fill Vale’s top administrative spot – the fourth such search in two years.

Kirkpatrick declined to go into detail about why he resigned and city elected officials reached Wednesday by the Enterprise did not offer a specific explanation for the decision.

“I serve at the pleasure of the city council. They wanted to go down a different road,” said Kirkpatrick Wednesday.

Kirkpatrick – who was hired . . .