Trivette, who has served as town recorder for the town of Erwin since 2004, submitted his resignation to Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley on Friday. Trivette has accepted a position with Greeneville-based Free Will Baptist Family Ministries to serve as the nonprofit organization’s facilities and construction manager.
Trivette described the position with FWBFM as his “dream job,” and said his job will be to help with the organization’s new construction projects. Although some travel is associated with the post, Trivette said he will not be leaving Erwin. His office will be at the Governor’s Bend Retirement and Assisted Living Facility, a Family Ministries facility.
“I just felt like the Lord was opening a door for me with this ministry, and I felt like that’s what I needed to do at this time,” he said.
In 1997, Trivette began working for Erwin as a part-time building inspector, moving to full-time status in 1999. He became town recorder in 2004. Trivette described his experience working with the town as “wonderful” and said he enjoyed coming to work each day.
“It’s been fantastic,” he said. “I’ve been with the city a little over 14 years, and the opportunities and the possibilities that the city has afforded me have just been wonderful, and I’m very appreciative for those opportunities and the ability to work with the people I’ve worked with, the citizens, and to see the things that we’ve accomplished come to fruition, it’s been a better place to live, work and play.”
Trivette said accomplishments and projects he has been involved with as recorder include seeing the beginning of construction on the railroad overpass project; seeing the beginning of the first phase of the downtown revitalization project, which should be finished prior to Trivette’s last day with the town; bringing Governor’s Bend to the area; and work to maintain Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, as well as being involved in the process to bring in a new hospital.
“Those are a lot of great accomplishments that seem like they’ve come through right here at the end, but they’ve taken a lot of ground work and a lot of work over the past few years to get to where we’re at today,” Trivette said.
Trivette’s last day as recorder will be Sept. 27. Hensley said the process of hiring a new recorder will begin immediately, and the position will be posted for 10 days. Once resumes are in, Hensley said the town’s Personnel Committee will meet to review them. She will subsequently make a recommendation on who should fill the position, and this recommendation will be considered by the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
“I would love to have somebody on board by the 25th,” Hensley said.
Still, Hensley said town officials are in “no rush” to fill the position, as she said they want to make sure the right candidate is selected.