Brookhaven City Council members interviewed city manager candidates Thursday, April 28, during a special called meeting to discuss personnel issues.
Mayor John Ernst announced at his April 28 town hall meeting that the interviews took place. Four candidates were interviewed. But city officials are remaining mum on any other information about the candidates.
“We have no comment right now about interviews of candidates for city manager. We hope to have an announcement at the council meeting on May 10,” said City Attorney Chris Balch.
The city manager serves as the chief administrative officer for the city. The city manager is appointed by the mayor and then voted on by city council.
Brookhaven city officials reached an “amicable settlement” with former city manager Marie Garrett after mediation with attorneys took place all day on Jan. 21. As part of the settlement, Garrett will resign her post and receive a payout of $225,000.
The council voted Jan. 12 in a hastily called emergency special called meeting to suspend Garrett and was ready to fire her in a special called meeting on Jan. 13. However, after meeting in executive session for three hours on Jan. 13, the council came out and Mayor John Ernst read a handwritten statement saying the city agreed to enter into mediation with Garrett.
Police Chief Gary Yandura has been serving as interim city manager. A national search for a new city manager was conducted.