No decision yet on Hope town manager position

The Town of Hope continues on without a town manager or a decision on how or even if the town leaders want to fill that position.

Last month, the Town Council voted 3-2 not to renew the contract for former town manager J.T. Doane, saying that they might want to open the contract to bidding.

At last night’s Town Council meeting, the council members were slated to talk about the town manager position, but Council President Ohmer Miller said that some council members had suggested changing the town manager position into more of an administrative assistant in the Town Hall, or a clerk. Without a clear direction, the council agreed to have a future executive session to hash out what they wanted to have going forward.

Town Council members also discussed disbanding an economic development committee that used to be headed up by Doane, saying that they felt it was more appropriate for the council to be making overtures to new businesses, rather than unelected community members. No decision was made on that issue, with Councilman Ed Johnson agreeing to look into the committee and its work.