Thornton close on new manager

North Carolina manager begins negotiations with city

Posted 7/31/17

City Councilors could be close to hiring a new city manager, a former Army Colonel and current manager for a small town in North Carolina.

Mayor Heidi Williams said City Councilors have simply opened negotiations with Kevin Woods, the manager for …

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Thornton close on new manager

North Carolina manager begins negotiations with city

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City Councilors could be close to hiring a new city manager, a former Army Colonel and current manager for a small town in North Carolina.

Mayor Heidi Williams said City Councilors have simply opened negotiations with Kevin Woods, the manager for the Town of Stallings, North Carolina.

Woods was one of the five candidates that visited and toured Thornton on July 14, meeting with residents at an informal Friday night session and then with City Councilors the following day.

In a written statment, City spokesman Todd Barnes said the move is just one more step in finding a new manager.

“This does not mean we have an agreement, simply that we are in negotiations,” Barnes wrote. “A hiring decision is not final until City Council votes on it at a formal meeting, which can happen no sooner than August 8, 2017.”

Woods has been the Town Manager for the Stallings since 2013. It’s a suburb of Charlotte with an estimated population of 15,400 and a median household income of $51,400.

Before that, he was the Vice President of Versar, Inc. a global engineering and construction management firm. He served in the Army for 26 years, retiring in 2009 as a Colonel.

Jack Ethredge, the city’s top administrator and a 32-year city employee, stepped down as manager on March 20. The city began looking for a replacement right away, advertising nationally for the next manager.

The City Council’s advertisement drew in 70 resumes from across the country but that list was quickly reduced to nine names.

A city-hired search firm narrowed that list down to five and brought those five to Thornton for the mid-July.

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