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Jonesborough Board tabs Erwin town administrator Glenn Rosenoff for same role

Jonathan Roberts • Updated Mar 24, 2020 at 9:25 PM

Jonesborough has found its next town administrator.

Mayor Chuck Vest brought Erwin Town Administrator and Recorder Glenn Rosenoff’s name to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for consideration, and the board unanimously approved the selection.

Each board member met with Rosenoff one-on-one before the decision was made to offer him the job. The meeting had been postponed from March 9.

“He’s somebody that’s got the experience we need,” Vest said. “He’s been successful in the town of Erwin, and more than anything, I think he has the people skills to develop relationships here in town hall and really fit in great with our community.”

Rosenoff, who will join the town’s staff on May 1st, officially signed his contract with the town after the meeting at Town Attorney Jim Wheeler’s office. Rosenoff has been with the town of Erwin for six years, but started his career in Jonesborough.

“It’s basically going back to the beginning of where I started my career in planning and local government,” Rosenoff said. “ I spent 11 to 13 years here before I went to Erwin, so it’s great to be back.”

Rosenoff will take over for longtime Town Administrator Bob Browning, who announced his retirement at a board meeting last month. Browning served as the town administrator three times since his first stint began in 1978, and has been in his current role since 2001. He will leave his role at the end of the 2019-20 fiscal year, with the town hoping to retain him as a special projects adviser.

“I have been so blessed — I loved every minute of being here,” Browning said after he announced his retirement. “(Jonesborough) is a special place.”

Rosenoff said he was “somewhat” surprised he was recruited for the position, but that he’s looking forward to “continuing to advance the interests and prosperity of Jonesborough.”

Other business

• The town approved a slew of event permits at Tuesday’s meeting, with the expectation their viability will be revisited before each event in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has canceled events across the region.

Board member Virginia Causey added an amendment to each event permit that stipulates event planners will have to meet with the town administrator, police and fire chiefs before the event’s scheduled date, “due to the virus issue and the safety of our employees working these events and the people in attendance.”

• The board also approved the establishment of a public safety officer training-hire agreement, which will require any public safety officers to pay the town back $5,000 in training costs if they leave before they hit two years on the job. Currently, the town estimates it costs about $12,000 to train an officer. The $5,000 repayment will be dropped by 1/24 for every month they are employed.

• Town employee Amber Crumley was named Employee of the Month, with Vest saying he plans to do a group Employee of the Month recognition when possible. Crumley was featured in a Johnson City Press “Five Questions” interview in December.

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