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City Manager candidates down to four

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

City Manager candidate Jack Miller greets Alderman-Elect Bethany Huffman Monday afternoon at Millington City Hall before his interview. Miller was one of three to be interviewed in person and another candidate was interviewed over the phone in Florida.

Millington’s Board of Alderman elect spent Monday in the chambers of City Hall located at 7930 Nelson Road interviewing candidates for first City Manager.

Current aldermen Chris Ford and Mike Caruthers were joined by newly elected peers Bethany Huffman, Hank Hawkins, Frankie Dakin, Larry Dagen and Thomas McGhee asking the same 14 questions to the final four candidates.

Thomas Christie, Ellis Mitchell and Jack Miller were interviewed in person by the seven aldermen.

The fourth candidate James “Jim” Coleman was interview via the phone from Lady Lake, Fla.

When Millington’s charter transformed the style of government earlier this year to a city manager format, about 20 candidates from across the United States submitted applications. Christie comes from Salem, Ill., and Mitchell Florissant, Mo. And Miller is the only candidate from the Volunteer State courtesy of Crossville.

The four candidates discussed why they should be the first City Manager in Flag City history and how they meet the qualifications.

The list of qualifications from the city of Millington was outlined to applicants online.

“Responsibilities include the administration of all city services and departments, including finance, human resources, recreation, code enforcement, police, fire, water, sanitation, public works, sewer, planning and economic development.

The position is responsible to an eight member Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The person hired must have at least a bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field and have a minimum of five years of senior administrative level experience in local government. The position requires strong supervisory, budgeting and communication skills.”

After narrowing the field down to four men, the city of Millington abided the Sunshine Laws by holding the interviews in a public format.

Prior to the list of four interviewed on Monday, the newly elected Aldermen were instructed to individually rank each candidate on the basis of their applications, resume’, letters of recommendation, and any additional research that they personally embarked on. The aldermen were instructed to not speak to each-other about the candidates.

Then a list of 10 applicants was narrowed down to six.

Then four candidates reached the interview process.

The aldermen notified each candidate a decision will be made within the week and the man selected would be notified by e-mail.

All four candidates entered the interview process with experience as a full-time City Manager.

Some of the aldermen said they wanted to bring somebody on board with vast experience to help Millington in the transition of the new form of government.

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