One city manager hopeful pulls out of race

Interviews set for other four

JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Posted 5/25/16

The number of Cleveland city manager candidates is down to four, after one hopeful withdrew her application.

Julie Underwood, assistant city manager of Daley, Calif., withdrew her paperwork …

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One city manager hopeful pulls out of race

Interviews set for other four

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The number of Cleveland city manager candidates is down to four, after one hopeful withdrew her application.

Julie Underwood, assistant city manager of Daley, Calif., withdrew her paperwork Tuesday in an email to city consultant Larry Wallace.

Wallace had contacted each of the remaining candidates to schedule in-person interview times.

The Cleveland City Council voted Monday to set the dates and agreed that travel to the interviews would be at the candidates’ expense.

“I'm disappointed that the Council has elected not to reimburse candidates for travel as is customary,” Underwood expressed in her email to Wallace. “Unfortunately, I'm unable to support this expense. Please consider my application as formally withdrawn from the city manager recruitment process. I wish the Council and the entire Cleveland community the best of luck in their selection of the next city manager.”

A schedule has been set for the interviews. The Council will interview Seth Sumner on June 6 at 3 p.m. Sumner is from Riceville and is serving as the assistant city manager in Savannah, the county seat of Hardin County.

At 4:15 p.m. that day, Council will interview Joe Fivas of Matthews, N.C. He was the town manager for Indian Trail, N.C., from 2010 to 2015.

Interviews will continue on June 7, with Angie Carrier at 3 p.m. and Mark Reeter at 4:15 p.m. Carrier is the development services director for Johnson City. Reeter was the county administrator for Bedford County, Va., from 2013 to 2015. He now lives in Bristol.

Interviews will be held in the City Council meeting room in the municipal building on Church Street.

Both Wallace and The Mercer Group have developed reports on each of these candidates. The Council expects to receive the Mercer report today and Wallace’s report on May 31.

When Mercer was hired, the city expected to pay $16,500 for the service. Wallace is working on a contract basis for $6,383 per month for services and $350 per month in travel expenses, except for one month he could not work a full schedule due to health issues.

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