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September 9, 2013

Committee to find Clarksville’s town manger holds first meeting

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CLARKSVILLE —

Several appointments were changed and the committee that was ultimately formed includes four Republicans and three Democrats.

The committee members cited the need to ensure the council is aware of all steps that are made in choosing the town manager.

“We’re talking about selecting a non-elected equivalent of a mayor in Clarksville,” Gilkey said. “As a means of promoting harmonious future council sessions, I suggest that, as we develop the sub-criteria, that we bring the entire council into that process so that the council does not feel disenfranchised. The bottom line is when we get to the end of this process, the responsibility for making the selection and determination lies with the council. What we don’t want is street theater in a council meeting over the process.”

Not all of the members of the town council were present at the search committee meeting, and Fetter said he hopes it is a sign they are trusting the committees search process.

How quickly the process of hiring a town manager will move forward is uncertain. 

Gilkey said it will likely not be until sometime next year that the candidate pool is narrowed down and a town manager is hired. He guessed the committee will be surprised by the number of candidates that will respond to the job posting.

“We’ve got two [applications] already, believe it or not” Fetter said.

But Fetter was a little more hopeful that the process will move more quickly and the council will be able to hire a town manager by the first of the year. He added it is something that will likely be discussed at the next meeting.

The next meeting is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

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