Oliver Springs could pick new city manager Thursday

The hunt for a new city manager in Oliver Springs is down to two candidates, and the Town Council could interview the finalists during a meeting on Thursday.

The two finalists are Tina Treece, a former city recorder and interim city manager in Spring City, and Joe Abbott, a Lake City resident who is also a sales manager for East Tennessee Equipment-Kubota of Knoxville.

Treece has also worked as a paralegal and in real estate sales, Oliver Springs Interim City Manager Becky Campbell said.

And Abbott’s family business sold, operated, and maintained water and sewer test and inspection equipment, Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler said.

Fifty candidates applied for the city manager job, which has a salary range between $37,500 and $40,000 plus benefits.

Former City Manager David Bolling resigned in February to take a new job in Newcastle, Maine, after working for Oliver Springs for five years, Hepler said. Bolling is also a former Anderson County commissioner who was the Democratic nominee for Anderson County mayor in 2010.

The current five members of the Oliver Springs City Council could vote on a replacement during their 7 p.m. Thursday meeting.

“I would like to fill that position just as soon as we can,” said Hepler, who doesn’t normally vote except to break a tie.

He said Council has looked for a candidate who can supervise and manage employees, operate without daily instruction, and has water and sewer experience.

“We’re facing some upcoming challenges in that arena,” Hepler said.

The Oliver Springs city manager supervises about 26 employees but not the police department. The police chief reports to the mayor, Hepler said.

Oliver Springs has a population of about 3,300 people.


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