published Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Dorsey drops out as candidate for East Ridge city manager job

Chris Dorsey
Chris Dorsey
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

East Ridge no longer has any city manager candidates.

Chris Dorsey, the last man left on the council’s list of candidates, told Interim City Attorney Hal North today he was withdrawing his name from consideration for the job.

East Ridge has been looking for a manager since Tim Gobble resigned on Feb. 7. The city received 82 job applications, but only four candidates held the required bachelor’s degree in public administration.

Including Dorsey, three of those four backed out of the application. The city council also dropped candidate Jim Coleman from consideration last week.

The council interviewed Dorsey in front of residents during a special meeting Saturday. At the end, Vice Mayor Jim Behtune made a motion to offer Dorsey $120,000 per year. Dorsey said he was not prepared to accept the job, and Bethune withdrew his motion.

Dorsey is also one of three candidates for the town manager job in Signal Mountain. He met with the Signal Mountain council Tuesday, and current Town Manager Honna Rogers said in an email that she expects the council to decide which candidate they want during its meeting next Monday.

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