ERWIN — Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley said the town’s personnel committee was unanimous in its recommendation to hire Glenn Rosenoff as the new town recorder, and when it came time to make the hire official, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen followed suit.
Members of the board present for a called meeting Monday unanimously voted to approve Rosenoff’s hiring. Rosenoff, who was not present at Monday’s meeting as he is working out a notice with his current employer, said Monday evening in a phone interview that he was pleased with board’s unanimous vote.
“With the unanimous vote from the board, I can walk into the town knowing that I’ve got the full support of the board and the mayor and can start right off the bat and hit the ground running and get to know these folks and work closely with the board and the mayor,” he said.
Previous town recorder Randy Trivette, who had served in the role since 2004, submitted his letter of resignation to Hensley on Aug. 30. He has accepted a position with Free Will Baptist Family Ministries. His last day was Sept. 27.
Following Trivette’s notice of resignation, the town began accepting applications for the position. On Sept. 23, the town’s personnel committee, which is made up of Hensley and Aldermen Sue Jean Wilson, Gary Chandler and Lester Bailey, met to narrow the 25 applications the town received down to three candidates — Rosenoff, current Erwin Public Works Director Mark Lafever and Matt Garland with the state Department of Economic and Community Development.
The three candidates for the post were interviewed almost two weeks ago by members of the Erwin Personnel Committee.
“I think it was a unanimous decision once the interviews were completed that we choose Glenn Rosenoff,” Hensley said.
Most recently, Rosenoff served as the director of planning at the First Tennessee Development District in Johnson City. Prior to that, he spent 11 years with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, with stints as a regional planner and principal planner of the agency’s local planning assistance office.
Rosenoff holds a master’s degree in city management from East Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology from ETSU. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal.
“He’s very familiar with the town of Erwin as he’s our regional planner,” Hensley said. “He comes once a month to our planning department, our planning meetings, and essentially has guided us through many ordinances pertaining to our zoning, to our revitalization, and he’s very excited about coming to us, and we’re excited to have him.”
Bailey, who moved that the board of mayor and aldermen approve Rosenoff’s hiring, said Rosenoff has agreed to relocate from Johnson City to Erwin for the job. Rosenoff will be paid an annual salary of $72,000, and he will have a performance review in six months.
Hensley said Rosenoff’s first day as town recorder will be Oct. 16.
“It was a hard selection,” Hensley said. “I do want to extend my appreciation for all the interest, the other applicants. It was exciting to see that many people that were interested in this job. I think we’re doing something right, we’re on the right move, and we’re looking forward to having Mr. Rosenoff with us.”
Rosenoff also said he is looking forward to getting started.
“I’m just looking forward to building relationships, strengthening relationships and building partnerships,” he said. “There has been a lot of momentum going on, and I am looking forward to pushing that momentum and keep going forward.”