Headline from today’s Nashville Tennessean:
The City of Lakewood approved hiring Bobby Franklin as its new city manager by a 4-1 vote Thursday, said Mayor Jeff Thompson.
Franklin was the city planner for Mt. Juliet from 2001 to July 2007. The hiring comes after Lakewood’s commission voted to remove Ronnie Pugh as its city manager last September.
Pugh was voted out because the board was not satisfied with performance standards being achieved. Pugh has defended his tenure as Lakewood city manager.
Franklin was fired from his position as city planner in Mt. Juliet in July 2007. Franklin claims the firing was politically motivated and believes it was not justified.
“I had no reservations whatsoever,’’ Thompson said of Franklin. “We called people he listed as references and people he didn’t list and I was impressed with his background.’’
Franklin’s planning experience in Mt. Juliet and drive to modernize Lakewood is why Thompson supports the hiring.
“I had been working as the right hand man to the city manager in Mt. Juliet and I wanted to try and step up and try my hand and use what I’ve learned and see if I can make a difference out there,’’ Franklin said. “I’ll work hard for them.’’
Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Franklin!