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New Kingsport city manager announces internal promotions

July 3rd, 2014 6:00 pm by Matthew Lane

New Kingsport city manager announces internal promotions

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KINGSPORT — As his first official act as Kingsport's new city manager, Jeff Fleming announced this week three internal promotions aimed at strengthening the visioning, operational oversight and efficiency of city government.

"We have the deepest, most well-trained professional staff in my nearly 30-year history with the city of Kingsport," Fleming said. "I want to assure the community that we will continue that momentum, while letting staff know they can continue to develop their professional career right here in Kingsport." 

Fleming officially assumed the city manager position on Sunday and announced the promotions on Monday. Fleming edged out 60 other applicants to succeed John Campbell as city manager. Campbell retired at the end of June after more than 30 years in city government and the past eight years with the Model City.

Chris McCartt, who has been the assistant to the city manager for the past six years, is now the assistant city manager for administration. In this role, McCartt will be responsible for monitoring, evaluating and recommending actions to streamline and improve internal administrative processes, Fleming said.

McCartt will continue to oversee transit and aquatics, while adding economic development planning and the Kingsport Economic Development Board to his duties. He has been with the city for 17 years.

Kingsport's Public Works Director Ryan McReynolds has been named assistant city manager for operations, Fleming announced. In this role, McReynolds will assume responsibility for operational oversight, management and evaluation of all external city services, capital projects and project development.

McReynolds, who has 20 years of service in local government, will maintain oversight of water, sewer, engineering, traffic and road infrastructure. Under the realignment, the position of public works director will not be filled, Fleming said.

The third promotion has Lynn Tully going to development services director — Fleming's previous position within the city. Tully will maintain her responsibilities over planning, community development and oversight of private construction and add a larger role of evaluating and perfecting the development strategies of the city, Fleming said.

Tully's promotion also includes her joining Kingsport's leadership team — the first woman to do so in nearly a decade. During the interview process for city manager, Fleming said he would like to see a woman serve on the city's leadership team.

The leadership team consists of the top 10 management positions within the city, including the city manager, police chief, fire chief, city attorney and chief financial officer.

With her promotion, the position of planning and community development director will not be filled.

"These promotions more properly reflect the important role these individuals are already playing and the value they bring to our organization," Fleming said. "Just as I was named assistant city manager for development 15 years ago, the goal is to allow greater input and standing as we work with the (BMA) to shape the future success of our city.

"Moving forward, I will continue to evaluate and improve the organization by making changes that assist the city in reducing cost, driving innovation and increasing the productivity of the existing city workforce."

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