By Jim Young
It’s been a long and winding road, but the city of Crossville now has a new city manager, with David Rutherford accepting the position. He plans to start the job Sept. 16.
Crossville Mayor Pro-tem Danny Wyatt confirmed Rutherford’s acceptance of the council’s offer Monday morning.
Rutherford also reports he will attend and observe the regular September council meeting Sept. 10 in order to get up to speed on the council’s actions.
The Crossville City Council has been through more than 40 applicants since previous city manager Bruce Wyatt suddenly resigned April 11.
The council picked seven candidates to interview and had a false start when they offered the position to another candidate, Jeffery Skidmore, and then withdrew that offer two weeks later.
Rutherford is currently the city administrator for McMinnville and has accepted the Crossville position at a salary of $85,000 with a six-month review and promise of a raise in salary at that time.
In his interview in July, Rutherford noted he had worked for cities from Georgia to South Carolina and Tennessee, with more than 30 years of experience. He is also a credentialed manager through the international city/county management association.
Rutherford said his management approach was that of team coach working with seasoned employees. He said he felt the most difficult task would be to restore trust in the council with the public. He added that the Crossville city council was not the only one to ever face the growing pains they have been going through.
In addition to a city administrator, Rutherford is also a Tennessee licensed attorney.