27 seek position of city manager

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Four Marshall County men have applied for the job of city manager in Lewisburg, according to a review of the 27 applications on file at City Hall.

Those local applicants are Lewis Trigg Cathey, Jeffery Allen England, David Patrick Orr and Morgan Thomas. Friday at 4:30 p.m. was the deadline for applications.

The job is open because of the retirement of Eddie Fuller who on Oct. 29 left City Hall, only to remain a consultant on retainer to provide advice to other leaders and an interim manager.

Beyond the four applicants living in Marshall County, there are about half a dozen others who live in Tennessee. There are at least two applicants from each of the states of Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Utah, and one each from Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Texas, and West Virginia.

A number of the applicants have listed a salary requirement of about $100,000. Fuller's most recent salary was somewhat more than $70,000. His current retainer, dubbed a "bonus" by the city council, is $17,500.

Trigg Cathey has been a member of the Lewisburg Beer Board. The Colburn Drive resident has a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Tennessee. He's worked for United Structural Systems and has been a project manager for Vintage Construction in Arrington, Tenn.

Jeff England of Bethbirei Road is a certified public accountant whose worked as a senior tax accountant for Crosslin & Associates. He's also worked for NuKote International in Franklin.

David Orr of New Columbia Highway had been an applicant for the position of industrial recruiter for the city. Greg Lowe holds that position and continues in two others at City Hall where he's paid $55,000. Orr was the county executive vice president for First Farmers Bank in 1997-2001. The University of Tennessee graduate has also owned Lewisburg Vending and Snacks, a business he sold.

John Morgan Thomas III of Verona Caney Road is the director of the Marshall County Solid Waste Department. Previously, the graduate of Middle Tennessee State University has worked in the real estate profession.

Other Tennessee residents applying for the job include the following.

Barbara "Anne" Bridgewater of Greenfield, Tenn., has worked as a stormwater program enforcement officer in Brownsville, Tenn., and an administrative clerk in the city clerk's office in Ankeny, Iowa.

William R. Whitson of East Ridge, Tenn., has been working as the city manager for the city of 20,000. He's also been the budget director for Panama City, Fla., and city manager of Cairo, Ga.

Charles E. Beal of McKenzie, Tenn., is the finance director and recorder in that town. He's also worked for Union Planters Bank and the McKenzie Banking Co.

Dale W. Latta of Old Hickory, Tenn., has been the vice president of finance and secretary-treasurer for United Cabinet in Nashville where he's also worked for Cellux Converters.

Alan E. Christman of Nashville who's been the associate director of finance and administration at Vanderbilt's Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communications Science.

Jack E. Miller, PhD, of Crossville, Tenn., was the city manager there. He's also been city manager for Cordell, Ga., Baxley, Ga., Beaufort, S.C., and in Greeneville, Tenn., he was the economic and community development director. He's currently an interim town manager.

Out of state applicants include the following people.

Dale L. Martin of Linden, Mich., has been the city manager of Davidson, Mich, population 5,536. He's a member of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team that responded to the Nashville flood in May. He's been city manager of Dowagiac, Mich., and of Linden, Mich.

James L. Pennington, EdD of Hartsville, S.C., has been that city's manager and he's worked as city manager for Lauderdale, Fla., Eden, N.C., and Paducah, Ky., Fayetteville, Ark., Del Ray Beach, Fla., Fairfield, Ohio, and Jacksonville, N.C.

Margaret "Meg" Cluckey has recently resigned from being city manager of Buchanan, Mich., population 4,681. Just before that job, she was an administrative analyst in the Engineering Department dealing with sidewalk contracts, a Community Development Block Grant and a $6.1 million water and sewer upgrade.

Alan L. Grindstaff of Jasper, Texas, has been the city manager there dealing with a sewage treatment plant running at close to capacity, but which was brought into compliance. Previously he was the city administrator at Union City, Ga.

Gary Rawlings of Charleston, W. Va., is the city manager there. Previously he's been the village manager in Dexter, Mich., where he managed the installation of a new water and sewer plant valued at $5 million.

James A. "Jim" McCroskey of Port Orange, Fla., is the assistant city manager for Daytona Beach Shores. Before that he was the vice president of business development for the Chamber of Commerce there.

Eric A. Strahl of Menominee, Mich., was city manager for that city from 2006 to September 2009. Before that he was a city manager in half a dozen other cities.

Alton E. Brown of Edgefield, Colo., has a bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and is the county administrator for Edgefield County.

Kyle H. McCain is currently working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Kansas City, MO. His bachelor's degree is from Baylor University and his Masters of public administration is from the University of North Texas. He's been a city manager in 10 cities.

Andrea Curtis of West Bountiful, Utah, has worked in community and economic development with the Salt Lake City Corp.

Jeffery "Scott" Barbett of Spanish Fort, Ala., is licensed to practice law in Alabama and he's worked for Baldwin County's Legal Department and the Administrative Office of the Courts in Alabama.

Louis W. Brian Houillion of Covingon, Ky., has worked as an assistant city administrator in Ludlow, Ky., and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

Fred Ventresco of Weare, N.H., has been town administrator of Weare, but he left that job in June of 2009 when the council there was reorganized.

Melinda Carlton of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., has 20 years experience as a city or county manager or executive, having worked for Vernon Township, N.J, the Financial Advisory Authority of Illinois and Novastar Financial Inc., Salem, Ore.

Richard D. Giroux of Wauchula, Fla., is managing that town of 6,500. He's been the public service director at Green, Ohio, and the public service and safety director in Cambridge, Ohio.