Treasurer hired by Council

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lewisburg's City Council selected a new treasurer Monday and assigned the city manager to establish her salary during discussions with her.

The successful applicant is Donna Park of Cornersville who is employed at Sanford in Shelbyville and has worked for Marshall County's School Board. Park has also been active in local sports organizations.

"She has accepted the job and will be starting July 6 at a salary of $58,500, plus, of course, benefits," City Manager David Orr said Tuesday morning.

Councilman Ronald McRady reported Park sought $62,500. The council budgeted $60,000 for the position. Based on numbers heard during council discussion, Park's city salary will be nearly 34 percent more than her current pay.

During the special called City Hall meeting, Councilmen Odie Whitehead Jr., Robin Minor, Steve Thomas and Hershel Davis voted to hire Park. McRady voted to hire Tammy Chunn Bradley of Lewisburg who: majored in accounting at Middle Tennessee State University; worked at the Marshall County Public Library; and is working as an accountant with a private firm.

Park graduated from Cornersville High School, has a bachelor's degree from Athens State University, and a master's of business administration from University of Phoenix.

Dawn Patton of Soddy Daisy was the other of the top three candidates for the position. She was not nominated.

While Lewisburg budgeted $60,000 for the new treasurer's position, the job was advertised as paying $55,000 to $70,000.

Park will succeed Connie Edde who served as treasurer and city recorder. She was paid $72,575 annually. Last week the council authorized a consultant position for Edde to help her successor during a transition period.

Remarks during and after the meeting reflected confidence among councilmen for Park's success and how the other applicants were also capable.

"All three are real good people," Minor said. "I liked all of them. I hope she does a good job. She has a lot of training."

Most of the people in the council meeting room audience were related to the retiring treasurer. Edde has been treasurer for 18 years. She's worked for the city nearly 34 years.

Also Monday night, the council adopted the city's next budget. It totals $9.6 million. The city property tax rate was also adopted. The rate remains the same at $1.36 per $100 of assessed value.