From full-time to part-time, Bill Brock will remain city administrator indefinitely.
The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a recommendation by Mayor Ben Newman to appoint Brock as part-time city administrator to be paid hourly based on his current salary.
“As we know, Bill Brock has announced his retirement and his last day is Feb. 1,” said Newman. “I’ve talked with Mr. Brock about staying on part-time and working a minimum of two days per week and then being on call as needed. He said he would be willing to do that.”
His hourly salary will be $50.77.
A tentatively date of April 1 has been set to hire a full-time replacement. Brock also agreed to help that person become acclimated to the job, if needed.
Traditionally, the board names a department director to be interim until someone is hired. However, speculation has it that at least two – possibly three – of the city’s directors are vying for the city administrator job.
Newman confirmed that rumor by stating he wanted to avoid the appearance he’s showing a preference for one over the other.
“I thought about appointing someone else other than Bill to that position but I didn’t want to. I don’t think it’s a good idea to appoint someone who may be looking at that job,” said Newman. “That may run into other issues that we may not need to have. I don’t want the appearance that somebody may be getting a leg up or something like that, if they were also looking to apply for that job.”
Brock expressed gratitude for being allowed the opportunity.
“I just want to say thank you to the board to allow me to hang around just a little bit longer during the transition time,” Brock said. “I want to make sure it’s a good, smooth transition for whomever you pick so the city can keep moving right along.”
Newman replied, “Thank you, Bill, for deciding to stay on. I know you could say no, you want to get out of here, but we need someone and I appreciate you being willing to stick around.”
The deadline to apply for the city administrator position is Jan. 31. According to municipal management consultant Warren Nevad on Jan. 22, MTAS has received 30 applications.