Six more apply for city manager post

By JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Posted 4/9/16

Two more local residents have put in applications for the position of Cleveland city manager.

Shawn McKay, city finance director, and Rufus Triplett with Coldwell Banker Commercial, Hamilton & …

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Six more apply for city manager post

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Two more local residents have put in applications for the position of Cleveland city manager.

Shawn McKay, city finance director, and Rufus Triplett with Coldwell Banker Commercial, Hamilton & Associates, have submitted applications.

They were two of six applicants whose resumes were received this week, bringing the total to 15.

The city manager search committee met Friday to discuss applicants so far and the process moving forward. So far, The Mercer Group has offered few comments on the applications. Moving forward the committee will ask Mercer to give brief written comments on the applications.

The deadline for application is April 21. The city manager search committee will meet April 22 to reach final scores for each applicant. Committee members will score each application on a rubric with numeric scores ranging from 1 to 5 or 1 to 10 depending on the category.

Committee members will bring their score sheets to the April 22 meeting, where Honna Rogers for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service will tabulate the scores. The committee will then meet with The Mercer Group on April 26 to compare the recommendations to that of Mercer.

The six applications received this week include:

Patrick Comiskey

of Thomaston, Ga.

“I believe you will find my background a match for your expectations of an administrator candidate. I have spent the last approximate 23 years building my knowledge and experiences in city government operations,” Comiskey wrote in his cover letter.

Comiskey was the city manager for Thomaston, Ga., from 2002 to January of this year. Prior to that, he was the city manager of Wellsburg, W.Va. He has also worked as the director of purchasing and personnel for the city of Clarksburg, W.Va.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from West Virginia University and the Institute of Supply Management Certified Purchasing Manager Certificate.

Tim Holloman

of Hampstead, N.C.

Holloman is the town manager of Oak Island, N.C. Previously, he was the town manager for Topsail Beach, N.C.; Columbus, N.C. and Mount Olive, N.C. He has also worked as a director of development services, public works director and building inspector.

He holds a master of public administration from North Carolina State University.

Shawn McKay

of Cleveland

“Because of my current role, I am not only familiar with the opportunities that lie ahead for the city, but I am also confident that my business experience, knowledge of governmental programs and processes, and managerial abilities will offer Cleveland the leadership necessary to continue to advance as a highly progressive community,” McKay said.

McKay is the director of finance for the city. Prior to that, he was the business administrator for Broad Street United Methodist Church.

He has also worked as a business manager, an equity manager and a senior accountant. He holds a master of business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Mark Reeter

of Bristol

He was the county administrator for Bedford County, Va. from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, he was the county administrator for Washington County, Va. He has also worked as a assistant county administrator, town manager and a community development director.

He holds a master of public administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

C. Seth Sumner

of Savannah

Sumner grew up in Riceville and attended Cleveland State Community College to begin his college career. He now holds a master of public administration.

“Local government is, and long has been, a passion for me personally. I pour heart and soul into my work as a local government manager .… I understand the importance of connecting as completely as practicable with the community,” Sumner said.

He is the assistant city manager for Savannah, Tenn. Before that he was the city manager for Clifton. He has also worked for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service as a research assistant and been an adjunct professor. He has serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee City Management Association.

Rufus Triplett

of Cleveland

“I believe Cleveland has a great future. The revitalization of downtown and the industrial area southeast of the business district will inspire growth elsewhere in the community. … The city manager should strive to improve the city for all its citizens,” Triplett wrote in his cover letter. “I believe I have the communication skills to keep the Council and citizens.”

Triplett is an affiliate agent of Coldwell Banker Commercial, Hamilton & Associates. Prior to that, he was the senior vice president for corporate bank operations of SunTrust Banks in Atlanta, Ga.

Triplett has a bachelor’s of business administration from Tennessee Wesleyan College.

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