Former OS manager up for Kingston position

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By Cindy Simpson

Kingston’s search for a city manager will continue Friday with interviews starting at 10 a.m.
Four candidates for the city’s top administrative post will be in Kingston for the interviews.
They will meet with city employees during a cookout from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Kingston City Park pavilion.
The four to be interviewed in Kingston on Friday will be culled from eight potential candidates who were interviewed by speaker phone last week.
David Bolling, former Oliver Springs town administrator, was among the eight interviewed via phone by Warren Nevad, municipal management consultant with the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service.
Nevad conducted the interviews in Kingston in the presence of Kingston City Council.
Bolling is now town administrator in Newcastle, Maine.
Those interviewed with him included Tracy Baker, Sevierville assistant city administrator; Pam Caskie, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments executive director and a former Alliance, Neb., city manager; Austin Gilley, Medicine Lodge, Kan., city administrator; Andrew Hyatt, Fairview city manager; Melissa Peagler, Morristown city planner; David Rutherford, McMinnville city manager; and Gregory Wood, former Jasper County, Ga., county manager.
Nevad is working on tallying and contacting the top four candidates.
“They are really great,” Mayor Troy Beets said of Nevad and MTAS. “They whittled the 39 [original applicants] down with our input to eight.”
Kingston, unlike other Roane County municipalities, operates under a strong city manager system.
Officials began the search for a new manager due to Jim Pinkerton’s retirement on April 30.