The Liberty Bridge in Falls Park in downtown Greenville. Will Crooks/Greenville Journal

Greenville City Council members interviewed  city manager candidates this week.

The city received approximately 70 applications for the position, the holder of which serves as Greenville’s chief executive officer and is responsible for managing the city as a whole, implementing policies approved by City Council, hiring employees, and presenting an annual budget.

Councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle said the job opening drew applicants from across the country with a tremendous amount of experience.

Mayor Knox White said after the first round of interviews, council will likely reveal the finalists. Under the state’s Freedom of Information Act, application materials of the top three finalists must be made public.

A job description on executive search firm Springsted|Waters’ website described the city’s future manager as a creative, policy-driven visionary who will be able to anticipate issues and act strategically to meet current and future city needs. The job description said Greenville is a growing community that is experiencing some of the challenges of a much-larger urban city.

“The ideal candidate is a leader who has the tenacity to work through complex, long-term and often difficult issues and projects and the courage to make tough decisions when necessary,” according to the job description. “The successful candidate must understand how to balance the expectations of an engaged citizenry in an emerging world-class destination city.”

Nancy Whitworth, who, as the head of the city’s economic development department and deputy city manager has played an integral role in Greenville’s resurgence, is serving as interim city manager.


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