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Millington resumes search for next manager after Haley rescinds acceptance of job offer

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The city of Millington has resumed the search for its next professional manager after former resident Ed Haley rescinded his acceptance of the job offer.
At a special meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night, Interim City Manager Mike Chesney noted that he met with Haley earlier that day. He said Haley’s “change of heart” was for “really good personal reasons.”
“And I guess I’m just glad that we had a resolution of that now, instead of later,” he said. “So, we are moving on.”
Chesney also said Ronnie Neill of The University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service will meet with him this week.
“We are reviewing names, making phone calls and looking at interviews,” he noted. “And I hope to have some information for you relatively soon.”
The board voted unanimously on Jan 13 to employ Haley and to authorize Mayor Terry Jones, City Attorney Charles Perkins and Chesney to negotiate a contract with him.  A former Millington alderman and member of the Municipal Airport Authority, Haley is a past recipient of the Millington Jaycees’ and the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year Award.
While serving in the Tennessee House of Representatives for eight years, he was a three-time recipient of the Legislator of the Year Award.
A member of the Tennessee City Managers Association since 2003, he is employed as Arlington’s town superintendent.
During a special meeting on Aug. 12, 2013, the board hired Chesney as interim city manager. That was one week after it voted to terminate the employment of Thomas Christie, who had served for seven months as the city’s first professional manager.
At the conclusion of his first report to the board during its Sept. 3 meeting, Chesney requested that an opening for the permanent position be posted on the city’s Web site.
He has said that, when the board asked him and the mayor to find a new city manager, they approached the task “very seriously.”
He noted that, whenever he has been involved in searches, he has always relied on a “third party” for advice. And in this case, he contacted Neill. Chesney recalled that, as he, Jones and Neill talked with the 22 applicants for the position, one name kept “surfacing.”
While initially accepting the job offer at the Jan. 13 meeting, Haley acknowledged that he had not yet informed Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman, because he never attempts to “second-guess” what will happen in the “political arena.”
During an interview after the meeting, Haley said he would call Wissman that evening and give him a letter the following morning “explaining the decision.” Because he had planned to give Arlington two weeks’ notice, he initially said his “objective” was to be in Millington on Feb. 1.

One Response to “Millington resumes search for next manager after Haley rescinds acceptance of job offer”

  1. bowling ale in millingtion says:

    when is millington gone open a place like Andy B’S in barlett ten . why i ask is that over 70% of the bowlers are from the Town of millingtion and titipon county they drive right by millingtion from drummonds covinton atoka muford and millingtion . and Bartlett dont like car that are taged for millingtion and titipon they stop us and ask why are come here to bowl . So i ask you why are we spend are money in bartlett ten and not in millingtion after we bowl we go out and eat in bartlett . low on gas buy it in bartlett . that alot money millintingion is miss out on + there would be a place for are kids to go and bowl and play games and pool . but instead they have to go to memphis or barlett and get hasred just for the tag on the car . the men and woman that work at N S A go to Andy b”s also to bowl and kid spend there mom and dad money there .you got VET’s park way why not put one there i would like keep my money in millingtion in the stores and dinners and hopefull bowlin ale with games for kids teenagers and keep that money in are town also . I would even go so far as to buy shares in it if millition need help rase the money to put one in you know how much in gas we spend get there to bartlett when all of us are just with in 1 to 10 miles from millingtion look at it we got fast food we got dinners stores gas staion shop but no were to spend time have fun and the kids are in the same boat so is millingtion just gone to sit on it back side and wave at us go by with are pocket of money out are town . and bartett likes to give out tickets for 1 mile over cost of $85.00 + court cost cause we dont live in there town . sorry about my spelling like i said sell shares in it the bowles could pay it they pay to go out town puls there invest inthere town and may get someting back ever year it makes money . But we need some thing to do but eat fast food and shopp at walmart .


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