Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 19, 2014

Mayor: Bluefield board in no rush to fill vacant city manager post

BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield Board of Directors will not act hastily in filling the still vacant city manager post, according to Mayor Tom Cole.

The board is still conducting interviews with potential candidates. The position should be filled later this summer, according to Cole. More than 40 applications were received for the job.

“We’ve started personal interviews,” Cole said last week after a closed-door executive session to consider potential candidates for the job. “We have a couple of people lined up (to be interviewed). We narrowed it down from all of the applications. We are very excited about our prospects, and we are not in a rush because of the hard work our interim city manager, Dennis Dillow, is doing.”

Cole said Assistant City Manager Josh Cline also is helping Dillow during the transitional period.

Former City Manager Jim Ferguson resigned from the position on Feb. 11. Dillow — who also continues to work as the city’s police chief — was named interim city manager a few days later.

In addition to the city manager position, the board also must find a new chief financial officer.

Kenneth Mulkey, the board’s former chief financial officer, resigned earlier this month. Nancy Bailey, a long-time employee of Bluefield’s municipal government, was appointed as interim head of the treasury department until a new financial officer can be hired.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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