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September 9, 2013

Committee to find Clarksville’s town manger holds first meeting

CLARKSVILLE —

The search is on.

A search committee formed by the Clarksville Town Council to help find the individual who will serve as the town’s first manager executive met in its first meeting Saturday morning.

The town council had been debating the merits of transitioning from a town to a city because it does not have a full-time manager for the town. However, instead of transitioning into a city and electing a mayor, the Clarksville City-Town Evaluation Committee recommended that Clarksville remain a town, but that the town hire a town manager “to provide full-time leadership and operational management.”

The current town executives, members of the Clarksville Town Council, work part-time.

Jim Kenney, search committee member, walked the group through a number of questions the committee will need to answer in order to help focus on, then narrow down its pool of candidates.

Among the determinations that need to be made were whether or not to hire a professional or company to assist in the search; determine the functions of a town manager; develop position description and responsibilities; determine salary range; select a behavior-assessment tool; outline the screening process and interviewing process; and figure out what, if any, would be the terms and conditions of a contract that the town may enter into with a town manger.

While the committee was formed to help determine and identify qualified candidates, the town council will make the final pick for the person to fill the position.

How the person will be chosen has become a source of contention between some of the town council members.

At an August meeting, Clarksville’s town council unanimously approved the creation of the search committee and designated Town Councilman Paul Fetter to form the committee.  

After the committee was initially formed, Town Councilman Bob Popp, a Democrat, was upset with the initial makeup of the search committee and accused Fetter, a Republican, of packing the committee with Republicans.

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