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Individuals have until Oct. 1 to apply for the position of McMinnville city administrator.

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The city is seeking, “well-qualified, innovative, professional applicants for the position of city administrator. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in public administration, or a closely related field, with at least five years’ experience in municipal government management and finance or experience and training in municipal management.”

Alderman Mike Neal unsuccessfully attempted to stop that process and appoint Bill Brock, whom has been interim city administrator for several years.

“Since the requirements have been changed, I believe before we go through the possible expense that we could incur with the interview process, I think we should make sure we want to travel down this road since I believe Bill is doing a more than adequate job,” said Neal.

His motion before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Aug. 14 to consider the appointment of Brock failed 4-3.

Neal’s attempt to stop this process will continue. However, the date he asked for the measure to be placed on the agenda was not Aug. 28. Neal wants to wait until after a new member of the board is appointed to replace Aldermen Ben Newman before he tries again.

“The date I asked for the item to be placed back on the agenda is Sept. 11, when a new member of the board could be selected,” said Neal. “Depending on the order of the business that night, and ensuring that a new member is in place, I may change the request to Sept. 25.”

Newman, as vice mayor, will be automatically appointed as mayor when Jimmy Haley resigns to begin serving as Warren County executive.

Neal needs four members of the seven-member board in order to be successful in his attempt.

For a full advertisement and how to apply for the position, see Sunday’s edition of the Southern Standard.