KINGSPORT — Since opening the position two weeks ago, a variety of candidates have submitted resumes to be Kingsport’s next city manager, including several current city managers from across the country, a few U.S. military officers, a Texas architect, a VDOT engineer, two women and a longtime, well-known employee of the Model City.
City Manager John Campbell announced in December he would be retiring effective June 30 after nearly eight years with the city and more than 30 years in city government. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen enlisted the aid of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service to advertise the position and help conduct the search.
Established in 1949 by the Tennessee General Assembly, MTAS provides technical advice and research to cities and towns across the state.
After receiving input from the BMA, Pat Hardy with MTAS, crafted a candidate profile for the position, which included the necessary requirements and desired qualities local leaders want to see in their new city manager.
Hardy began advertising the position on Feb. 4 on the MTAS website, major trade journals and large recruiting firms across the country. Since then more than 20 resumes have been received. Twenty-two of the resumes were forwarded to the Times-News and Hardy said some additional hard copy resumes have been sent to MTAS’ Knoxville office.
“I think (that number) is OK. That’s about what I would have expected at this point. Whether we’ll have many more, I don’t know,” Hardy said. “For a long time while the economy was tight, people sat where they were and didn’t want to risk job hunting. How much that’s loosened up with the economy inching it’s way up a little bit, I don’t have a really good sense of it.”
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