Jonesborough’s new town administrator adjusting well to position

Jonathan Roberts • May 18, 2020 at 12:00 AM

While he hasn’t quite been able to see what “business as usual” is inside Jonesborough’s Town Hall, new Town Administrator Glenn Rosenoff has hit the ground running.

“Obviously there’s the COVID-19 (pandemic) that’s occurring so that makes things a bit (different), but things are good,” Rosenoff said. “We’re still very busy on all fronts.”

Rosenoff said the job has been fast-paced thus far, but credited town staff for helping him get acclimated so quickly.

“They’ve made me feel right at home,” Rosenoff said. “And there’s so much of a knowledge base here, so it’s making some of what we have to do, as far as our business — it’s going really well.”

Rosenoff began work as the town’s new administrator at the beginning of the month after being hired back in March. He officially signed his contract March 25, and came to the town after serving as Erwin’s town recorder for a number of years.

He replaces Jonesborough’s longtime Town Administrator Bob Browning, who announced his intention to retire from his role earlier this year. Browning will remain with the town overseeing special projects, namely the Jackson Theatre, Jonesborough school and the 2020-21 budget.

With Browning still on board, Rosenoff has been gleaning a lot from Browning and his “institutional knowledge,” saying it’s helped “bring me up to speed a whole lot faster.”

“I have a much better learning curve on this job just through my interaction with Bob,” Rosenoff said, also calling it “a blessing.”

“He’s been a great mentor to me before I even had the job,” he added, also noting that Town Recorder Abbey Miller and Operations Manager Craig Ford have also helped him “advance faster” in his role.

Going forward, Rosenoff said his main goal is to continue the town’s growth, while finding ways they can maximize efficiency and flexibility and “serve the residents in the best way we can.”

“Jonesborough is already a unique place, so my goal is to not only maintain that uniqueness, but see other ways for how we can grow — whether it’s growing the economy, growing our services,” Rosenoff said. “The goal is to continue to advance and serve the public and implement the policies of the board.”

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