Selection process for Adairsville city manager begins
by Jason Lowrey
Jan 21, 2014 | 907 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During a more than two-hour called meeting and executive session Monday night, the Adairsville City Council started the selection process for its next city manager.

Interim City Manager Billy Beckett said the council had roughly 35 or 36 applications and resumes sitting before it. Though that number was a little lower than he expected, he said he was pleased with the overall quality of the applicants.

The city council was pleased with the process thus far, he continued.

“I think they’re interested to sit down and talk with some of the applicants and form a little better impression. [You] can’t always tell when you look at a resume, you need, kind of, to get a feel for the person. We’ll start with probably five and, if they don’t like those five, we’ll go to the next five, and then get it down to three ... When we get down to three, they’ll release the names to the public,” Beckett said.

After coming out of executive session, during which no action was taken, and adjourning the meeting, Mayor Evan King also said he believed the process was going well.

“I don’t know the specific number of applicants that we have, but we have a good quality group,” he said “We’re going through the process, and we’re sticking to our timeline of trying to have someone in here as quick as possible. We’re doing our job.”

Out of the submitted applications, Beckett said 19 of them had varying degrees of experience with local government.

“Not just departments, they were either city managers or county managers or high level assistant county managers. We had a good selection of folks to choose from,” he said.

Having such an experienced manager, he added, would be a benefit for the city.

“It’s an advantage, particularly in Adairsville where you don’t have a lot of key staff who specializes in various things. So the manager of Adairsville is going to have to be the old adage ... jack of all trades, master of none — kind of going to have that skill set and be willing to roll his or her sleeves up because you just don’t have those people to delegate that responsibility to. So that’ll be something, someone who has good interpersonal skills and communicates effectively all across with the community, with the staff, with the elected officials. That’s why I think the interviews, as well as the continued vetting process, will be so important to get the right person [in here] that can make a commitment to the city,” Beckett said.

The next called city council meeting relating to the city manager selection will be held Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at the rail depot. Another called meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. at the depot to continue the selection process.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Adairsville City Council is to be held Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the rail depot.