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Board approves contract to employ Haley as Millington’s next manager

By Bill Short

Flag City LogoThe Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously adopted a resolution this week approving a contract to employ Ed Haley as the next city manager.
Board members took the action Monday night during their regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Bethany Huffman and seconded by Alderman Mike Caruthers.
The contract becomes effective on March 1 and extends through April 1, 2018. Haley will receive an annual salary of $108,000.
The details of the contract were negotiated with Haley by Mayor Terry Jones, City Attorney Charles Perkins and Interim City Manager Chris Dorsey.
On a motion offered by Caruthers and seconded by Alderman Hank Hawkins, the board also unanimously adopted a resolution to cancel Dorsey’s contract, effective March 15.
A former Millington alderman and member of the Municipal Airport Authority, Haley was the Millington Jaycees’ Person of the Year in 1968, ‘69 and ‘71. He also received the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year Award in 1971.
While serving in the Tennessee General Assembly for eight years as a state representative, Haley was named Legislator of the Year in 1994, ‘96 and ‘98.
A member of the Tennessee City Managers Association since 2003, he is currently employed as Arlington’s town superintendent.
During a special meeting on Aug. 12, 2013, the board hired Mike 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 board’s Sept. 3, 2013 meeting, Chesney requested that an opening for the permanent position be posted on the city’s Web site. Although 22 individuals applied for the position, Haley was among five “serious” ones who were actually interviewed.
During its Jan. 13, 2014 regular meeting, the board voted unanimously to employ Haley. But at a special called meeting two weeks later, Chesney said he had rescinded his initial acceptance of the job offer for “really good personal reasons.”
Because three of the other four applicants had already taken positions, Chesney was ready to tell the board that he would have to start the process again. But he got a telephone call from TCMA President Mike Walker, who mentioned Dorsey.
The board voted on Feb. 17, 2014 to employ Dorsey as a “long-term interim” city manager and approved a contract with him on March 14, 2014.
At their Dec. 8, 2014 regular meeting, board members voted to extend Dorsey’s contract for six months while they searched for his permanent replacement. The contract included the “option to cancel” with 30 days’ notice if a permanent city manager was found before then.
After concluding a brief public interview with Haley during a Jan. 26 special called meeting, the board voted unanimously to employ him.
Under the new City Charter, the vote also waived the requirement that the city manager establish a residence in Millington within 90 days of appointment and maintain it for the duration of employment. Haley lives on Armour Road, which is in the city’s Reserve Annexation Area.

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