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Kingsport city manager restructures staff

Staff reports • Aug 26, 2019 at 7:45 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport City Manager Chris McCartt has made some adjustments to the responsibilities of three staff members, a restructuring of duties that he says is a step toward helping the Model City’s push toward greater economic development.

In addition, the city plans to fill two more key positions by the end of September: hiring of an economic development director and a leisure services director.

“Kingsport has always had a rich history in being a business-friendly city. In many ways, it’s a hallmark of our history,” McCartt said. “Through reorganizing and promoting existing talent, my goal is to build upon our strong history and further streamline the communication process both internally and externally for our development community.”

Here are the adjustments McCartt made effective Monday.

— Ryan McReynolds, current assistant city manager for operations/public works director, will now become deputy city manager. Including his previous duties, McReynolds will now be responsible for development services, which includes the following departments: planning, building and geographic information systems (GIS).

“I look forward to working more closely with the outstanding talent we have within development services,” McReynolds said. “This restructuring will combine all the city departments associated with development, which in turn will improve the city’s interface with the development community.”

— Nathan Woods, currently serving as a principal planner, will become the development coordinator for Kingsport. In this new role, Woods will be the single point of contact for development projects under construction in the city.

“It is imperative that we provide clear lines of communication for all our citizens, businesses and developers. With Woods becoming the point of contact, the communication for private development projects under construction in Kingsport will be more streamlined and effective, which will minimize construction delays,” McCartt said.

— Ken Weems, currently serving as the zoning administrator, will become the planning manager.

“Weems is a strong problem solver who works well with the citizens and businesses. Additionally, Ken is yet another example of how we have successfully promoted existing talent into management positions within the city of Kingsport,” McCartt said.

Weems joins Jake White, GIS manager, and Keith Bruner, building department manager, as existing employees who have been previously promoted into management positions within development services.

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