Signal Chooses Chris Dorsey To Serve As Town Manager

Monday, May 13, 2013 - by Judy Frank

Chris Dorsey has spent the 18 months since Red Bank summarily fired him in Oct. 2011 fighting a determined battle to find a job that would allow him to remain in Hamilton County and raise his family here. Monday night, the battle ended. Signal Mountain Council members chose the former Red Bank city manager to fill that same position in the mountaintop community.

 

He will be paid more than $90,000 a year, the council agreed, and his job performance will be reviewed after six months.

 

He will replace outgoing town manager Honna Rogers, who resigned that position in order to spend more time with her family.

Mr. Dorsey had also been a finalist for East Ridge city manager. He was offered the job with a pay level of $120,000, but he turned it down. East Ridge has resumed its city manager hunt.

 

It is unclear when Mr. Dorsey – who is currently working as budget director for Pasco County, Fla. – will begin his new duties since he must give notice to his superiors in Florida, according to Mayor Bill Lusk.

 

But the transition won’t require uprooting his family. When he went to Florida to work, according to Mr. Dorsey, he and his wife decided she should stay here and keep their children in their current schools.

 

Mr. Dorsey was one of the three top candidates who emerged during Signal’s search for a new town manager. The other two included:

 

· Tracy Baker, a former MTAS post-graduate intern who went on to work as assistant city manager in Sevierville; and

 

· David Rutherford, who worked as county manager for Effingham County in Florida for four years prior to taking his present position as McMinnville city manager.


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