Five people in consideration for next Cleveland City Manager
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) – A citizens advisory committee selected five names on Friday to send to the Cleveland City Council for consideration as the next Cleveland city manager.
The five are Angie Carrier, Joe Fivas, Mark Reeter, Seth Sumner and Julie Underwood.
Officials point out the list was sent in alphabetical order so no one has an advantage when the City Council considers the candidates.
Carrier is currently development services director in Johnson City, Tennessee. She has held leadership positions in other East Tennessee cities.
Fivas has held leadership positions in towns in Michigan and Indian Trail, North Carolina.
Reeter was county administrator in Bedford County, Va. through 2015. Summer is currently assistant city manager in Savannah, Tennessee.
Underwood is currently assistant city manager in Daly City, California.
The citizens advisory committee was appointed by the City Council to aid in the search for a successor to City Manager Janice Casteel.
When Casteel announced her retirement, the City Council hired The Mercer Group, based in Atlanta, to consult with the citizens committee and the Municipal Technical Advisory Service of the University of Tennessee. The group received 63 applications from several states as well as locally.
The committee and two people from MTAS met weekly to narrow the list to the seven interviewed by video Friday.
Retiring city manager Janice Casteel began her career with the city in 1973. She has held many positions including finance director and city clerk for 25 years, 1981-2006. She has served a year as assistant city manager. She was appointed city manager July 1, 2007.
Casteel’s retirement is effective as of May 31st.
Cleveland City Council members will now consider the candidates and possibly others and conduct their own interviews.