Martin said that he is settling into the position and had the first staff meeting Tuesday morning. He noted he was confident that with the good staff around him, the transition would run smoothly.
He said he has been briefed on several things and is getting used to the certain aspects of the job he didnt have to deal with as Economic Development Director or Chief of Police.
Martin said he plans on doing both the City Manager and Economic Development Director jobs in the interim but would love to be considered as the permanent City Manager when that decision comes around.
Id be lying if I said I didnt want to do it, Martin said.
He added that he understands that the decision rests with the mayor and commission, and he will support them 110 percent in whatever direction they decide to go. I know they will do what is best for the City.
Martin said there are two things he would like to see get done in his interim role. The first being a convention center, which would be located south of I-40 possibly. He believed it would be beneficial for the community.
The other is a bowling alley. He said they have been in talks but finding the right location is key.
Martin will have his first City Commission meeting Monday.
by Kenny Howell
Editors Note: Kenny Howell is the managing editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. He may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.