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Search still ongoing for new city manager

Monday, February 25, 2013

Slowly but surely, the search for a new Martinsville city manager continues.

The position has been vacant for more than a year. Martinsville City Council in December failed to reach an agreement with a candidate with whom it was negotiating.

At that time, Mayor Kim Adkins said the council likely would reinterview some finalists and maybe interview other applicants.

Adkins said this week that the council is trying to confirm an interview with another candidate. She said she did not know how soon the interview will occur.

After the interview, if the person does not accept the job or is not offered it, “I’ll have to talk with the city council about how to proceed,” Adkins said.

“All of us (council members) want to get a city manager in place very quickly,” she added.

The previous city manager, Clarence Monday, was promoted from his prior position as chief of the Martinsville Fire Department. He left in January 2013 to become county administrator in Amherst County.

Since then, Leon Towarnicki, the public works director and assistant city manager, has been interim city manager. Council members frequently have praised Towarnicki for his work in that role.

Asked if her comment about wanting to get a new manager in place quickly means that Towarnicki does not want the job permanently, Adkins said she would not comment on specific applicants.

Towarnicki has declined to say whether he applied for the permanent job. He could not be reached for comment.

Springsted Inc., a Richmond firm that provides headhunting services to local governments, helped the city recruit applicants.


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