City manager choice today?

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By Cindy Simpson

Kingston isn’t wasting any time on filling the job after longtime city manager Jim Pinkerton retired last month.
Three finalists will be in town today (Friday) for tours and interviews, and a council vote on them is set in the afternoon.
From nearly 40 people who applied, the final three are David Bolling, a former Oliver Springs town manager and current town administrator for Newscastle, Maine; Tracy Baker, assistant city administrator of Sevierville; and David Rutherford, McMinnville city manager.
A fourth finalist withdrew from the process.
Mayor Troy Beets said he was impressed with the pool of finalists.
“Even though it is a little bit of a diverse group, they all have quite a bit of experience in what I think city managers should have good experience in,” Beets said. “They all have good experience, good backgrounds and good references. They all did well on the telephone interviews.”
Kingston hired the Municipal Technical Advisory Service to conduct the selection process. Warren Nevad, an MTAS consultant, facilitated the earlier interviews, and will handle those on Friday, as well.
Kingston City Council will convene at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
At 10 a.m., Bolling will be interviewed while Rutherford is taken on a tour of the city.
At 11 a.m. Rutherford will be interviewed, while Bolling tours Kingston.
An employee lunch with the candidates is scheduled at noon, followed by Baker’s interview at 1:30 and tour at 2:30.
According to the meeting agenda, the council could vote on the city manager at 3 p.m.