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Brad Hennessee new Sparta city administrator
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Brad Hennessee has resigned as McMinnville’s Public Works director to accept a job as Sparta’s city administrator.

McMinnville Public Works Department director Brad Hennessee has resigned after 22 years with the city. 

His resignation is effective Friday, July 19. On the following Monday, he will begin a new job as city administrator in Sparta. 

“I have enjoyed my time here and I appreciate having had the opportunity to work with everyone,” said Hennessee. “I would also like to thank everyone for their support, guidance, and encouragement provided to me during my time with the city of McMinnville. I will miss my colleagues and the city. I am looking forward to this new challenge. This is the only position I would have ever left my current position for.”

Hennessee was hired as assistant director in Public Works in April 1997 and was appointed director in February of this year by former city administrator Bill Brock. 

Sparta’s former city administrator resigned in April, accepting a city manager position for the city of East Ridge. 

At this time, McMinnville does not have an assistant director within the Public Works Department. 

“Frank Southard and Hank Patton will be overseeing the daily operations of Public Works,” said Hennessee. 

Water Department director Anthony Pelham, along with his other responsibilities, will be a three-month interim director to allow the city time to find a permanent replacement.