LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The LaFollette City Council held a special called meeting Monday morning and voted to appoint City Clerk Stan Foust as the interim City Administrator.
The city terminated former administrator Jimmy Jeffries last week. Foust’s appointment is temporary until the city can advertise and hire someone to fill the position full time. City officials voted to pay Foust $1,000 a month in compensation for his extra duties.
The council voted to advertise the city administration position for 30 days, with the hope of hiring a new administrator by early March. Foust was asked to contact MTAS for help in advertising for the position and to keep council members informed of applicants as they apply.
Council member Mark Hoskins said it was important for Foust to work with financial director Terry Sweat to make sure the city didn’t miss any grants during the switch over process of the administrator.
It was also approved to advertise for a full time codes officer position as well as an animal control officer. Previously the position was held by one person. Council members discussed the importance of separating the two positions.
Foust suggested that the city contact the county about it taking over animal control. City officials agreed for Foust to contact the county to “research” into the possibility, but to also advertise the position “just in case.”
In the meantime, Fire Chief Jimmy Pack and Police Chief Bill Roehl will handle emergency animal control situations.
It was also approved for the city to advertise for the codes enforcement/zoning official position. Certified building inspector Matt Widener, who is a part time contract employee of the city, will advise the city on writing a job description for the position advertisement. City officials said they hope to have that position filled within two months as well. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/12/2021-6AM)