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Assistant city manager interviews planned
Police chief candidates will follow

Friday, December 6, 2013

City officials intend to conduct interviews for Martinsville’s assistant city manager’s job before they meet with applicants for police chief.

That is only because the assistant manager’s position was advertised first, according to city Human Resources Specialist Kathy Vernon.

About 50 people applied to be the assistant manager, and about 20 applied to be police chief, Vernon said.

Applicants to be interviewed for either position have not yet been selected, she said. However, plans are to start interviewing for assistant manager later this month and for police chief in January, she added.

“We had a lot (of applications) from Virginia and several from other states” for both positions, Vernon said. She did not recall how many people already working for the city applied for either job.

Martinsville has not had a full-time assistant city manager in about 10 years. After a previous assistant manager left, the job was eliminated due to budget cuts. A couple of department heads have since acted as assistant manager.

City Manager Leon Towarnicki previously held the assistant manager title while he was public works director. He was promoted to the top job in city government, in which he oversees all day-to-day operations, last spring.

A full-time assistant manager is needed, Towarnicki has said, because he does not have much time to “do the bigger things” of the city manager’s job, such as seeking grants for projects, determining projects that need to be done and reviewing city policies to make sure they remain effective.

According to the job description, the assistant manager will help with the city’s overall management and administration, take part in planning efforts and help evaluate the city’s programs and general operations.

The person hired also will oversee several city departments and could be put in charge of “significant projects” requiring “a high level of expertise, coordination, analysis and political sensitivity,” the description states.

The assistant city manager’s starting salary will be between $78,517 and $88,331, depending on qualifications and experience, officials have said.

The police chief’s job has been open since Mike Rogers retired in July after 33 years at the police department. He had been its chief since 1999.

Capt. Eddie Cassady, who has worked for the police department since 1985, is serving as interim chief. He said he applied for the permanent job.

The police chief ultimately is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all operations and activities of the police department, including developing, implementing and evaluating programs — such as for crime prevention — and supervising officers, the job description shows.

Whoever is named the next chief initially will earn between $72,331 and $90,414 annually, officials have said.

The city has hired a new human resources director, David Brahmstadt, who started the job Monday, Vernon confirmed. He succeeds Donna O’Dell, who retired.


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