KINGSPORT — The Board of Mayor and Aldermen wrapped up candidate interviews Friday afternoon for the city manager position, sitting down for an hour with longtime Kingsport employee and current Assistant City Manager for Development Jeff Fleming.
Kingsport has been in the process of finding its next city manager since John Campbell announced his retirement in December. Campbell, who has been in local government for more than 30 years, will retire effective June 30.
The BMA held hourlong interview sessions with two of the finalists on Thursday and interviewed Fleming on Friday, followed by a packed reception with city employees and the public.
Fleming is a Kingsport native, graduating from Dobyns-Bennett High School and East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's in political science/engineering technology and a master's in geography.
Fleming has worked for Kingsport for 29 years, starting with an intern position while in college, then moving on to planner, senior planner, public works superintendent, administrative manager of utilities, GIS manager and finally to his current position since 1999.
According to his resume and cover letter, Fleming says his entire career has been built on transparency and trust and believes his strengths are in communications, development and working across organizational lines with internal and external partners.
Fleming's references describe him as cooperative, prepared and knowledgeable, thorough in his work and proficient in using technology. Weaknesses cited include finance and budgeting experience and sometimes being slow on decision-making.
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