After spending an hour in executive session Friday afternoon, the Duncan Town Council unanimously voted to appoint a Quartzsite native and retired U.S. Marine as interim town manager.

Philip Cushman is expected to take former town manager John Basteen’s seat on Monday, Aug. 23, and will remain in the position until a new town manager is selected, a process with which he will help, city council members Alex Blake and Deborah Mendelsohn said after the meeting. The town has rented a furnished home across from town hall for him and it’s also hoped he will help the new town manager with the transition.

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