The La Vergne Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Tuesday night to offer the city administrator position to Steven Mayer.
"We are thrilled to fill this vital position," Mayor Senna Mosley said. "I have full confidence in Mr. Mayer's abilities to keep this city moving in the right direction."
The city administrator is responsible for the day-to-day operations of La Vergne, including financial, human resources, and public safety oversight, as well as management of public works, water, sewer, parks and recreation, city library, and the tax office.
The current operations director of the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency, Mayer worked closely with La Vergne during the flooding of May 2010. Mayer also worked as an area coordinator for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1975 to 2003 where he retired as a training unit commander at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. Mayer is a Golden Gate University graduate with a B.A. in human resources and an A.A. in public administration.
Mosley has played a key city management role during the absence of an administrator. With that role now being directed to the new administrator, Mosley will focus her energies on economic development and relationship building with neighboring cities, county officials, and local businesses.
The position of city administrator pays between $71,000 and $78,000 per year, and provides extensive health, vision, and dental care coverage for both the administrator and his family, in addition to retirement benefits.
The candidates for the position were methodically vetted by La Vergne's Human Resources Director Fred Gaston, "It is the most critical position in our city so we had to be very thorough in our hiring process."
Six candidates were interviewed by a panel of four officials including Gaston, Police Chief Ted Boyd, Acting City Administrator Bruce Richardson, and Dana Deem from the state‚s Municipal Technical Advisory Service that consults local governments throughout the state. After the initial interviews, finalists were individually interviewed by the Mayor and each Alderman.
On Tuesday evening, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to name Mayer to the position.
UPDATE: Mr. Mayer has accepted the position, according to HR Director Fred Gaston.