In a unanimous vote, Mt. Juliet city commissioners renewed Kenneth Martin's city manager contract yet another time Monday at their regular meeting.
This contract is for two years. Martin has worked for the City of Mt. Juliet for nearly 27 years. He served in the police department for 16 years where he completed his tenure there as police chief. He then transitioned to serve as Director of Economic Development for the city. He was appointed interim city manager December 2011 and was sworn in as city manager nine months later. His contract now has been renewed twice.
"Kenny Martin is doing a great job as city manager, and that was apparent as all five elected officials voted to extend his contract," Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty told The Wilson Post after the vote.
Martin said he was "thankful, honored and humbled" by his contract extension.
"I do not and will not take the vote of confidence lightly or for granted," he said. "I see the vote of confidence as a reason to work even harder and care even more for our great city and the citizens I love serving."
Martin lauded not only the citizens and elected leaders of Mt. Juliet, but also his fellow staffers.
"Being city manager for Mt. Juliet is a huge blessing for which I thank God for daily," he said. "Not every city manager can say they serve such a blessed community filled with so many wonderful people. I'm quite certain every city manager feels the same about their community, but after serving Mt. Juliet for nearly three decades, I have zero doubt Mt. Juliet is one of, if not, the finest places to live and work on the face of the planet."
Martin said one of his main accomplishments has "been to learn from my mistakes with a true desire to only only become a better public servant, but a better human being as well."
"It is very humbling to know that you have been blessed with the huge opportunity to make a positive difference in lives of others and their quality of life," Martin said. "It is also very rewarding to learn that you have made a positive difference in someone else's life by simply doing your job and what's right. Being awarded such a huge opportunity and honor is not something I will ever take for granted, and I am forever thankful for the trust and confidence placed in me by so many."