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Ming picked for city administrator
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Nolan Ming could be the next McMinnville city administrator.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously voted on Tuesday night to offer him the position, a vote of confidence that came after a failed attempt by three members to go with Brian Wilson. 

“I would like to nominate Brian Wilson for the position of city administrator,” said Alderman Steve Harvey.

The measure failed 4-3. Harvey drew support from Alderman Everett Brock and Mayor Ben Newman, while Vice Mayor Ryle Chastain and Aldermen Kate Alsbrook, Rachel Kirby and Mike Neal voted against. 

Neal motioned to offer the position to Ming. 

“If I vote for Nolan in this, I have some stipulations and conditions moving forward,” said Alsbrook, to board members. “I think that if Mr. Ming is picked we need to have evaluations quarterly. I think giving him a task list and milestones to meet will be important, moving forward. He needs to know what our direction is and hold him responsible.”

Alsbrook added that neither Ming, nor Wilson, were her top pick but of the two, but Ming has knowledge and established relationships.

“The established relationships that Mr. Ming has, knowing what projects we have open at this point, what needs to get done, and knowing the people in this community to do it, is important,” she said. “I do have confidence in you that you cannot only keep the lights on, but you can excel and we need to give you the chance right now because we did miss out on other candidates that I felt were just more qualified based on experience. I also think that our department heads work at such a level of professionalism that they will be able to help you in this journey.”

Finance Committee contract negotiations with Ming will begin. That agreement will be presented to the full board for consideration.