ELIZABETHTON — The field of candidates to be the next Elizabethton city manager has been narrowed to five top candidates and another three possible “good” candidates.
The list was narrowed down from 130 applications. The work of compiling the final list was done by Angie Lyons, the city’s director of personnel and risk management, and by Pat Hardy, an adviser with the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service.
The five top candidates are:
• Jerome Kitchens, Elizabethton’s finance director who is currently serving as interim city manager.
• Jeffrey Morse, town manager of the town of Valdese, N.C., since 1980.
• Steven Neilson, development coordinator for Johnson City since 1995.
• Samuel Noble, whose resume details significant town manager experience and tenure.
• Gary Palmer, assistant town manager of Farragut since 2006.
The three other candidates are:
• Hugh King, whose resume details significant city manager experience and tenure.
• Melissa Peagler, senior planner with the town of Morristown since 2004.
• Wayne Saunders, city manager of Clermont, Fla., from 1985-2012.
The City Council will review the resumes during a workshop session to be held at noon Wednesday in the Council Chambers. Because it is a workshop session, there can be no votes taken on the finalists.