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13 apply for city manager's position

Friday, October 29, 2010

With a week left before the deadline to apply for the job being vacated by retiring City Manager Eddie Fuller, there are a baker's dozen applications at City Hall.

However, more applications are anticipated, according to Councilman Odie Whitehead Jr. and another source at City Hall who spoke on a condition of anonymity.

Both said that while there are no applications from local residents, there's a clear anticipation that at least one Marshall County resident will apply for the position.

A cursory review of the applications filed by Wednesday afternoon reveals several of the 13 applicants have been city managers in a variety of municipalities, a factor that's not unexpected. Leaders in several Middle Tennessee cities have noted that the average term for a manager might easily be less than a third of the time Fuller served as manager here.

After 16 years as manager, Fuller is retiring to a home he has in the vicinity of Petersburg.

Applications on file show that the people interested in succeeding Fuller are from: Nashville, Old Hickory, Crossville, East Ridge and McKenzie, Tenn.; North Myrtle Beach, Port Orange, and Wauchula, Fla.; Buchanan and Linden, Mich.; Hartsville, S.C.; Jasper, Tex.; and Charlestown, W. Va.

Some have experience with the expansion of a sewage treatment plant, a project starting soon in Lewisburg, and one has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency. One was a volunteer with Presbyterians on a disaster relief mission in Nashville last spring.