Bill Brock will have to wait a little longer to learn if he’s done enough to earn the board’s trust and a shot at being permanent city administrator.
McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Tuesday night to consider hiring Brock as city administrator. As soon as the measure was brought up for discussion, Vice Mayor Ben Newman made a motion to table it.
“I make a motion to table that,” Newman said. “We’ve not had an opportunity to give our evaluation of Mr. Brock formally. I think we should at least go through that process and then, maybe, revisit this. I would like to table this until we evaluate him.”
The motion was passed unanimously by Newman, Mayor Jimmy Haley, and Aldermen Mike Neal, Jimmy Bonner, Everett Brock, Steve Harvey and Ryle Chastain.
Brock was appointed interim city administrator in August 2014. At that time, he asked for a chance, stating, “If you will trust me, I will show you what I can do.”
Board members will have to decide if Brock has proven himself enough to remove an education stipulation of a college degree for the permanent city administrator job. According to the ordinance that established the job of city administrator, anyone holding the position must have a college degree. Brock does not.
Officials removed the college degree requirement to appoint Brock as interim administrator. If they decide Brock has earned the right to be permanent, they will have to remove the college degree requirement entirely, or have Brock earn a degree.