Corinth names finalist for city manager job

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CORINTH — A consultant for the city of Farmer’s Branch has been selected as the sole finalist for the Corinth city manager’s job.

Interim City Manager Jim Berzina said City Council members have selected Rick Chaffin, a former deputy city manager in McKinney, as their finalist for the position, pending contract agreements.

The City Council is expected to appoint the new city manager on Thursday during a regularly scheduled council meeting, concluding a nearly four-month search.

The new city manager is tentatively scheduled to start work Dec. 2, and Berzina is scheduled to officially step down the week before.

“The only thing we’re doing now is finalizing the contract and making sure he passes a background check,which is something we do with all of our employees,” Berzina said.

The search for a new city manager began in August, after Berzina announced his intentions to retire after about five years with the city. Interviews with potential candidates began two weeks ago.

City officials said they received 68 applications and then narrowed it down to six applicants that the council interviewed.

“We were very impressed with each one,” Berzina said. “Our [human resources] department did a great job finding a qualified group to work for us.”

Chaffin couldn’t be reached for comment, but according to his resume, he served as deputy city manager in McKinney from 2006 to 2012, city manager in Griffin, Ga., from 1998 to 2000 andcity manager in Lampasas, near Austin, from 1990 to 1993.

He has a master’s degree in urban affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a bachelor’s of science degree in political science from the University of Texas at Tyler.

According to the city of McKinney’s website, council members praised Chaffin’s work and at one point, he served as the interim city manager.

“He has a lot of experience,”Berzina said. “I think he will make a seamless transition.”

Mayor Paul Ruggiere and other council members said that they want to avoid having a repeat of a time in which the city saw city managers come and go. At one point, the city had 10 city managers in 10 years.

Berzina said Chaffin’s personality and attitude separated him from the other candidates. He said it’s important for the next city manager to mesh well with the council, the staff and the community.

“I think everyone will have agreat time working with him,” he said.

Chaffin is expected to attend Thursday’s council meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3300Corinth Parkway.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @Jdharden.


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