Former SF commissioner seeking seat he formerly held
Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:59 pm
By CHRIS MENEES
A former South Fulton city commissioner is seeking community support for appointment to the seat he vacated a month ago.
Keith Curlin is circulating a letter and petitions asking for South Fulton residents’ help in regaining his Ward 4 seat on the South Fulton City Commission.
Curlin resigned from the commission in March after submitting his resumé to be considered for the South Fulton city manager’s job. At the time, he was serving as vice mayor.
In the meantime, after conducting interviews with the top five applicants, the commission met in called session April 12 and approved the hiring of Debra Craig of Union City as South Fulton’s new city manager. She is scheduled to begin work May 2.
South Fulton Mayor David Crocker, who has also been serving as interim city manager since the December resignation of former city manager Jeff Vowell, said the commission’s agenda for its monthly meeting Thursday evening includes the appointment of someone to fill the commission vacancy.
Crocker said the com-mission will accept nom-inations for the vacancy and he knows of a couple of names that have been mentioned so far. He said Curlin has not approached him about wanting to be reappointed, but he is unsure if he has contacted any of the other commissioners.
Crocker indicated at the March meeting that commissioners would be eeking the names of residents who could fill the Ward 4 commission vacancy created by Curlin’s resignation.
“We will take names tomorrow night and appoint someone,” the mayor said today.
The commission meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday in the commission room at the South Fulton Municipal Building.
Crocker said the commission has up to 90 days to appoint someone to the vacancy without a special election having to be called and they are currently well within the 90-day period. He said he will check with the Obion County Election Commission today to see if it is even possible for Curlin to be reappointed to the position he vacated a month ago.
Curlin explains in his letter that he served as a city commissioner for the last four years. He said he chose to apply for the city manager’s position and was informed by the mayor that he was required to resign from the elected position in order to apply for the job.
Crocker indicated at last month’s commission meeting that the Municipal Technical Advisory Service had recommended Curlin resign from the commission since he was applying for the job.
“I interviewed for the (city manager’s) position on two occasions, but was passed over for a candidate who clearly had more experience and the education that met the requirements of the city manager’s role in city government,” Curlin wrote. “I hold no bitterness towards anyone on the council for choosing Mrs. Craig and I wish her the best.”
Now, Curlin is asking for residents’ help with his effort to regain his commission seat “and get back to representing the citizens of Ward 4.” He said there are petitions at several businesses and others are being taken around the ward by volunteers. He said he will also be visiting homes in the ward in order to seek support.
Curlin said his petitions will be presented to the commission Thursday evening. He is also asking Ward 4 residents and other citizens to attend the meeting to participate in the decision-making process.
In the letter, Curlin also outlines how he has worked for improvements for the city and extends his appreciation to Vowell for his work as city manager and particularly his financial decisions.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.20.11