The Council-Manager form of government evolved in the early 1900s as a reform movement in response to local governance problems that were occurring in the nation's cities at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th Century. This form of government provides for a trained professional administrator to manage the day to day affairs of the city as a means to provide for the efficient, effective and ethical governance of localities. Today, many cities across the nation, as well as cities in other countries, have opted for this form of government. Many cities evolved the Council-Manager form of government during the post World War II era of the late 1940s and 1950s when cities began to grow and develop at a rapid pace.
Kingsport adopted the Council-Manager form of government when it re-incorporated in 1917 and has proudly, and continuously, maintained this form of government. Kingsport set the standard for Tennessee when it became the first city within the State to adopt the Council-Manager form of government. The City has been served by ten city managers since its re-incorporation in 1917.
Previous City Managers
The City of Kingsport has been served by ten city managers since its re-incorporation in 1917. The city manager is the chief executive officer for the city and is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The City of Kingsport has the proud distinction of being the first city within the State of Tennessee to adopt the Council-Manager form of government.