McMinnville officials who want to fire city administrator David Rutherford may not get the chance.
Rutherford is one of 21 applicants for the vacant city administrator job in Fayetteville as reported by The Elk Valley Times. When contacted yesterday, Rutherford didn’t mention any job in particular, but said he is keeping his options open.
“I’m always looking for opportunities,” said Rutherford.
According to census data, Fayetteville has a city population of 6,864. McMinnville’s population is listed as 13,611.
Rutherford has been a popular topic of conversation as members of the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave consideration to firing him last summer. The board then decided to change course and give him a $17,000 pay raise on Sept. 25.
The pay raise and larger severance package for Rutherford prompted several candidates running for city office in November to campaign against the city administrator position in favor of a full-time mayor. However, talks about Rutherford’s job status have quieted down in recent months.
That hasn’t been the case in Fayetteville where that city’s prior city administrator was fired about two months ago after roughly five years on the job. The Elk Valley Times cited inconsistent behavior and poor interaction with the public as reasons for the city board’s decision to terminate its administrator.
The newspaper said job interviews were scheduled to begin this month.