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Board to make decision on interim city administrator
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McMinnville Public Works director Bill Brock should know Tuesday night if he will be given the chance as interim city administrator. The measure to remove the minimum requirements is on the agenda for full board consideration.
“If you will trust me, I will show you what I can do,” Brock said to officials Aug. 12. “I will show you what a city administrator should do.”
Board members unanimously voted to trust Brock. Passing the measure were Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Jimmy Bonner, Billy Wood, Mike Neal and Rick Barnes. Alderman Ken Smith was absent.
The vote of confidence came with the condition that an ordinance be passed that removed the requirement of a college degree for the acting city administrator, which city attorney Tim Pirtle instructed board members to do in order to allow Brock to be interim. The measure will require one more passing read this Tuesday night.
Yet to be discussed is Brock’s compensation for taking on the added responsibility of city administrator. After more than an hour discussion Aug. 12, a discussion regarding salary was tabled until Aug. 26.
On Aug. 12, Brock wasn’t overly concerned with salary.
“I’m not hung up on pay,” said Brock. “That is your decision. I don’t feel qualified to ask for a certain dollar amount. That has to be your decision.”
Brock’s primary concern was being allowed to return to the position as Public Works director when his services as interim city administrator are no longer needed.
“I would like to know that I will stay as your Public Works director,” said Brock. “I have talked to my staff about this and they are willing to pick up extra. Once I leave the position or you hire a new person or you hire a new interim administrator, I want to know I can go back to Public Works.”
Haley stated, “Absolutely.”
Bonner added, “Billy, after interim, you deserve to go back to Public Works as director. You’ve done a good job. I know a lot of times you have had pressure put on you about doing things and you are understaffed, but you have done a good job in Public Works.”
Brock gave his staff the credit.
“I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have four good people under me,” said Brock.
Wood commented, “I think you’ve done an excellent job training those folks that work with you and I have no doubt they will step and pick up the duties. You’ll have your hands full.”
If the measure passes Tuesday night, Brock will officially take over the reins as interim city administrator from Haley.