|Thompson top pick for Martin position
|Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 7:53 pm
| By SABRINA BATES
Special to The Messenger
The City of Martin weeded through 14 potential candidates for its community development director position, left vacant in the fall when Martin Mayor Randy Brundige announced the resignation of Kimberly Craddock.
In the end, Brad Thompson of Obion County received a majority of the support from the Martin board of aldermen.
As applicants tossed their hats into the ring for the open slot, Brundige and the city’s human resource director, Celeste Taylor, were charged with interviewing potential candidates.
During an informal board meeting held in December, it was announced the pool of applicants had been narrowed to 14 prospects.
The Martin board of aldermen decided it sought a person with experience in the realm of economic development. Board members were asked by the mayor to present their top three candidates after they had been provided videotaped interviews of the 14 candidates.
“All of the candidates were good choices for the city and all were capable of handling the position. We wanted to go in the right direction for the city and Brad (Thompson) was the No. 1 choice,” Brundige said.
Thompson’s list of experience in economic development spans to the career of retired U.S. Rep. John Tanner. He served as the congressman’s field director for several years.
Last year, Thompson was named to the Ken-Tenn Regional Alliance Development Corporation as project coordinator. The Ken-Tenn group is a five-county partnership covering portions of Tennessee and Kentucky focusing on economic development for the entire region.
Thompson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, as well as Murray (Ky.) State University.
To serve as Martin’s Community Development director, Thompson would have to step down from the Ken-Tenn alliance. Within a year, he would also have to move into the City of Martin, if chosen for the position.
The Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen was expected to meet today at noon in the city’s municipal building to officially appoint the new director.
Editor’s note: Sabrina Bates is news editor of The Weakley County Press in Martin.
Published in The Messenger 2.2.12