SF to interview city manager applicants

SF to interview city manager applicants

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 9:01 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Five applicants will be interviewed Saturday in the search for South Fulton’s new city manager.
South Fulton Mayor David Crocker told The Messenger the five appli-cants — including one from the Twin Cities, two from Union City, one from Martin and one from Dyersburg — will appear before city commissioners for interviews throughout the day Saturday.
He said commissioners recently reviewed the ap-plications received and selected those they would like to see interviewed, with commissioners’ top five choices called for interviews.
Crocker said the com-mission would like to have someone in place in the city manager’s position as soon as possible and as soon as commissioners feel comfortable with choosing someone. He said Saturday’s interviews will likely re-sult in commissioners’ narrowing the field again and returning for a more in-depth look at the top couple of candidates.
Crocker has been serving as interim city manager for about three months since the December departure of Jeff Vowell, who accepted a position in the local banking business. Vowell had been employed as South Fulton’s city manager for three years.
Serving in the interim city manager capacity hasn’t been without controversy for Crocker, who has been under fire in recent weeks for the termination of South Fulton public works director Hubert Maynard and three public works employees earlier this month.
Crocker stood by his personnel decision at the March 17 meeting of the South Fulton City Commission and indicated the employees were fired for alleged insubordination. In responding to citizens’ questions, he emphasized he had told the employees to repair a gas line at the city’s community room, an issue that has been at the forefront of the firing controversy.
The mayor had also indicated to The Messenger after the meeting that he was willing to hear an appeal by the four terminated city employees.
Crocker said today that a hearing has not yet been held, explaining he has been in contact with Tennessee Municipal League attorneys and the former employees apparently have filed a grievance with the labor board. He is awaiting a decision on what action should be taken next.
Crocker said he has since had an independent gas repairman examine the gas stove in the city’s community room. He claimed the city gas department employees indicated thermal couplings were required on the stove, but the independent repair source said they were not required.
“It’s not unsafe,” he told The Messenger.
He said a gas line which was cut should be repaired in a few days after a regulator is ordered.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 3.29.11

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