Council members likely to pick city manager

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 10, 2011

By Emily Ford
SALISBURY — Rather than waiting for the November election when all seats on City Council are up for grabs, most current council members say they want to hire the new city manager themselves.
David Treme surprised Council by announcing Tuesday he will retire Aug. 1 after more than 25 years as city manager.
“He’s leaving on our watch, and the new manager should be hired on our watch,” Mayor Susan Kluttz said. “I feel it’s our responsibility.”
Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell said if new council members win election in November, it would be tough for them to make a major decision so soon. Blackwell is in her second year on the council.
Councilman Paul Woodson, who like Kluttz has served for 14 years, said the current council represents 50 years of experience and should put that wisdom to use hiring the next city manager.
Councilman William “Pete” Kennedy, the longest serving member at 18 years, also said he and his colleagues should choose Treme’s successor.
But Councilman Brian Miller said he hasn’t decided yet which board should do the hiring. Miller, in his second year in office, said he wants to look at all options before forming an opinion about the process.
Council members will discuss in open session how they will go about looking for and hiring a new city manager. Human Resources Director Zach Kyle is preparing recommendations for the process, Kluttz said.
Kluttz asked any members of Treme’s management team who are interested in serving as interim city manager to let her know as soon as possible.
Council will interview applicants at 2 p.m. Monday.
The same five people could end up hiring the new city manager: All incumbents are leaning toward running for re-election.
Monday tour, interviews
City Council will meet at 2 p.m. Monday to interview candidates for interim city manager. Council also will tour TurnKey Technologies on Bringle Ferry Road in the old PowerCurbers building. The public is invited on the tour.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.