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Collins takes another shot at city administrator spot
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A familiar face has resurfaced on the list to be McMinnville’s next city administrator, that being Robert R. “Dan” Collins. He applied for the city administrator job in 2014. 

“As I said following my last interview, I was impressed with the city of McMinnville,” said Collins. “There are opportunities to make improvements and positive changes throughout the city. Also, the city is financially sound, and the future continues to show promise.”

Collins was one of two finalists until he voluntary withdrew from consideration. Bill Brock, interim at that time, was the other finalists. 

Board of Mayor and Aldermen members argued over the two. The area of contention surrounded education, specifically Brock’s lack of a four-year college degree, which was a minimum qualification at the time. In protect, some members refused to sit in on the interviews of the person they did not want to hire. 

Collins left saying he was impressed with the city but concerned about the situation. 

“I am concerned that the board is not united in their efforts driving forward with one vision and one purpose,” said Collins. “I am also concerned that two of the board members did not participate in the interviews. Additionally, after reading the newspaper article in the Southern Standard this past Friday describing the Tuesday board meeting, it is evident that the board is divided on this matter and in all probability others as well.”

During that meeting, sparks flew and accusations were made between board members. 

Collins expressed a desire to work with the city, if the situation improved. 

“The city has had a couple of elections and if the board has a united, team approach moving forward, I would be interested in working with the board and serving the citizens of McMinnville,” said Collins. 

The city received 42 applicants for the position, including that of Community Development Department director Nolan Ming. More names will be released as the list is whittled down to those under serious consideration.