Council set to interview 6 for city treasurer job

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

This evening, Lewisburg councilmen start three sets of interviews in an attempt to select a new city treasurer.

"We're going to interview six applicants," Councilman Odie Whitehead Jr. said last week about the schedule ending Friday.

Four live in Marshall County. One lives in Soddy Daisy, Tenn. The other is in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

One of them is to succeed Connie Edde who's been treasurer for 18 years. She's worked for the city nearly 34 years. She wants to retire, but has agreed to work as a consultant for two more years.

This afternoon at 4 p.m., councilmen gather for a budget workshop and a possible special called session if they feel it's time for a vote on the budget.

"It depends on what they want to do," Edde said. "Then they'll have interviews at 6 p.m." for the next treasurer.

As proposed, the city's next budget totals $9.65 million, down "considerably" from about $10 million, Eddie said. Lewisburg has had two years when its annual budget exceeded $13 million.

That was in 2007-08 and 2008-09, but it was because of renovation of police headquarters and city court building and development of the business park on Mooresville Highway.

The council met Wednesday last week when, "There was some discussion on the three percent" pay raises for city employees, Councilman Hershel Davis said.

Consistent with positions revealed during previous meetings, Councilman Ronald McRady made inquiries about pay raises and Councilman Robin Minor was seen as favoring bonuses, Davis said.

Councilman-elect Steve Thomas may have some input on how the city's next spending plan is written, Davis said, "But he won't be voting on it.'

As for interviews scheduled for applicants who want to succeed Edde as treasurer, he said, "They've got people coming in from out of town."

They include Norma J. Haig of Tarpon Springs, Fla., a Marshall County High School graduate who has degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and the University of South Florida at Tampa. She's been teaching school in Tarpon Springs.

Natasha Stinnett of Lewisburg is another applicant who graduated from MCHS. She has college degrees in accounting and business from Martin Methodist College. She's currently employed by a Tennessee state program. Previously she worked for Newell Rubbermaid.

Jeffery England of Lewisburg, who applied to be city manager, is again seeking a job at City Hall. He graduated from Metcalf County High School in Edmondton, Ky., and has college degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Arkansas. He's currently employed as a certified public accountant.

Another applicant is Donna Park of Cornersville who graduated from the high school there and has a bachelor's degree from Athens State University and a master's of business administration from Phoenix University. She's worked for Marshall County's School Board has been active in local sports organizations and is currently employed in financial work.

Tammy Chunn Bradley of Lewisburg is one of the six finalists. She majored in accounting at Middle Tennessee State University. She's worked at the Marshall County Public Library and is working as an account with a private firm.

Another applicant is Dawn Patton of Soddy Daisy, who graduated from Salisbury (Md.) University where she studied business. She also has a bachelor's degree in political science and public administration from the university of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She's working as the assistant county trustee in Hamilton County, Tenn., and previously, she was a legislative assistant for the county commission in Chattanooga.