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McLawhon touts over 30 years in government
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Ken McLawhon

Editor’s Note: The Standard is taking a look at the four city administrator finalists heading into their personal interviews later this month.


Three of the four finalists for the open McMinnville city administrator position will be in town March 29 for face-to-face interviews, while a fourth interview has yet to be finalized.

Kenneth McLawhon, one of the three, will be interviewed by members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on March 29 at 8 a.m., and have a meet and greet with department directors at 10 a.m. Lunch will be followed by a tour of city departments by Police Chief Bryan Denton. 

McLawhan is currently administrator for the town of Nolensville in Williamson County. He describes himself as a “dedicated public servant” with more than three decades in local government.

“Everything that I have researched about McMinnville seems to be a perfect fit,” said McLawhon when asked why he’s interested in McMinnville's city administrator job.

“I find that the size is not only very similar, not only in terms of the employees and in terms of the population, but also in terms of the organization. Frankly, I like everything organizationally that I see there, from water to wastewater, to public works, to recreation. I just feel there are a lot of similarities to my background.”

He describes McMinnville as “scenic and picturesque” and spoke highly of the area’s abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, both within the community and within driving distance. 

McLawhon described his management style.

“My style is an open-door policy style,” he said. “I try to be, very much, a hands-on administrator and manager. In our line of work, sometimes with water, wastewater, and public works – those types of jobs – and horrible weather scenarios, it requires a lot of extra hours and hard work. Showing up to support the people in those situations, and just being hands-on.”

McLawhon, along with Michael Foster and Ken Kelly, will interview and tour March 29. The final candidate, Brian Wilson, had a scheduling conflict. His day, likely in April, has yet to be arranged.