KINGSPORT — Ten candidates have been selected as finalists to be Kingsport's next city manager and are expected to be presented to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen this week for consideration.
The finalists have been selected by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, which has been handling the search for Kingsport's next city manager at the request of the BMA. Established in 1949 by the Tennessee General Assembly, MTAS provides technical advice and research to cities and towns across the state.
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.
In a recent email to the BMA, Pat Hardy with MTAS, said the department has received around 60 resumes for the position. Hardy and another MTAS official have reviewed each one and based on the profile established by the BMA, 10 "well-rounded" finalists have been recommended, the email states.
Hardy is scheduled to officially present the finalists to the BMA on Tuesday. Then, the BMA will decide which candidates, if any, they would like to interview. At this point, MTAS has only done an Internet background review on the candidates, while a "management" and criminal background check would be done on each candidate, prior to interviews, Hardy wrote in the email.
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