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Clark County

August 20, 2013

Clarksville to hire town manager

Council forms committee to perform regional search

CLARKSVILLE — Wanted: One town manager, preferably with a degree in public administration and a proven track record of municipal leadership.

The online job boards are about to get another listing thanks to the Clarksville Town Council’s decision at its meeting Monday to accept the recommendations of the Clarksville City-Town Evaluation Committee. The recommendations include:

• maintaining Clarksville’s status as a town;

• removing the city-town issue from upcoming election ballots unless petitioners get the signatures required;

• creating a town manager position and forming an exploratory committee to identify the person for the role.

The search committee’s reach will take the search regional, if not national, said city-town committee member Jim Kenney.

“We’re going to try to find committee members who are committed to hiring the best potential town manager,” said Councilman Paul Fetter. “I think that some of the committee members that were in the study committee will make excellent members for this search committee. They’re already very well informed and hopefully they would go along with being pressed back into service to help find the town manager.”

The vote to accept the city-town committee’s recommendation was unanimous, as was the vote on a motion offered by Fetter to form the search committee, which will include council members and private citizens of the town. Fetter also called for a salary study to be conducted for the position.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, former council member John Krueger spoke out in favor of hiring a town manager.

“Follow through with [the city-town committee’s] recommendation and hire an experienced, full-time, professional town manager to improve the governance of our community,” Krueger said, reading from a prepared statement. “Look at it as some well-needed assistance and relief for critical areas you simply don’t have the time, training or experience to handle.”

Fetter said he’s unsure of how long it will take to form the search committee, identify candidates or hire the new town manager, but he speculated that a hire would likely be made in early 2014.

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