published Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Jim Folkner doesn’t want Red Bank city manager job

Two of Red Bank’s top five picks for city manager have now withdrawn their names from the pool of finalists.

Local businessman and activist Jim Folkner is pulling his name from consideration for the position so he can focus on the effort to recall Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, Folkner said in an emailed statement Wednesday.

Folkner, who heads Citizens to Recall Mayor Littlefield, was one of five finalists Red Bank commissioners selected out of 39 applicants.

“I appreciate Red Bank leaders asking me to put may name into this and be in the final cut of the names considered,” Folkner said Wednesday. “Red Bank has three other good, qualified local candidates they are considering and I hope they choose one of them.”

Red Bank commissioners have been searching for a new city manager since firing Chris Dorsey, in October. Dorsey had held the post for six years.

Other finalists included Randy Hemann, executive director of Downtown Salisbury, an economic development organization in Salisbury, N.C.; veteran Red Bank Fire Chief Mark Matthews; local CPA Randy Fairbanks; and Marty Von Schaaf, head of the Hamilton County Republican Party.

Commissioners unanimously voted to offer Hemann the post in December, but he turned it down at the end of the month.

Since then, commissioners have suspended the search until they fill a commission seat recently vacated by former vice mayor Greg Jones.

The commission has not decided whether to select its next pick from the list of remaining finalists or restart the application process.

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