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City looks to hire Baird
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A former city employee could be the new director of McMinnville’s Community Development Department if contract negotiations are successful.

David Baird has been given the initial nod as the next director of the city department that is currently called Community Development. He worked as McMinnville city planner from March 2007 to November 2008 under former director Jim Brock when the department was called Planning and Zoning. 

The city Building and Grounds Committee met Tuesday night and gave unanimous approval for the recommendation of Baird to be the new director. However, contract negotiations outlining salary and benefits have yet to be agreed upon. 

City administrator Nolan Ming made the official announcement. 

“After analyzing all the information that we gathered from those interviews, assessments and considering all the work experience, we recommend David Baird as the next Community Development director,” said Ming. 

Committee chair Alderman Steve Harvey outlined the process the city undertook to narrow the field of applicants. 

“With the help of staff, the HR director and the city administrator, there have been interviews conducted and attended by the Building and Grounds Committee,” said Harvey. “There has also been a very thorough and intense assessment conducted by MTAS that has given us some valuable information to both staff and the committee to help make this recommendation.”

Baird is a licensed Tennessee attorney and is a certified land use planner. Currently, he is employed with Kendig Keast Collaborative as a senior associate where he directly supervises the firm’s two urban designers. Among his other responsibilities, he serves as in-house legal counsel for all code projects at KKC and manages approximately five to seven different land use code projects. 

Baird has planning work experience in 16 different states, including Tennessee, while managing projects for KKC. 

“I agree with Nolan,” said Alderman Everett Brock. “He’s my choice. He wasn’t, necessarily, my first choice in just looking at the resumes, but certainly after the interview and the assessment done by MTAS he clearly stood out.”

“I concur,” said Alderman Stacey Harvey. “Based upon the assessment data and our face-to-face meetings and all the assimilated data, he’s, hands down, the guy I would recommend as well.”

If negotiations with Baird fail, the city can revisit the remaining pool of applicants or opt to begin a new hiring process.