Oliver Springs city manager pick delayed

Oliver Springs Town Council

The Oliver Springs Town Council agrees to interview a third candidate for city manager. Pictured above from left are Council members James Brummett and Terry Holland, Mayor Chris Hepler, and Council members Omer Cox and Maurice Walker.

OLIVER SPRINGS — The self-imposed deadline to hire a new city manager has already passed, and the Oliver Springs Town Council agreed Thursday to wait another two weeks so they can interview a third candidate who didn’t respond to an earlier interview offer.

The candidate, John Hannah of Waynesville, N.C., now says he is very interested in the job, Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler told Council members. But Hannah hasn’t explained why he didn’t respond to an earlier interview offer, Hepler said.

Hannah, a civil engineer who has been an adjunct professor and project manager, had been one of eight finalists for the position, which has been open since former City Manager David Bolling resigned in February to take a job in Newcastle, Maine.

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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.

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