Johnson City News

Home More News Johnson City Board of Commissioners to interview five manager candidates

Sept. 23, 2021

Johnson City Board of Commissioners to interview five manager candidates

The City of Johnson City has narrowed its search for a new city manager to five finalists, following a national search led by Strategic Government Resources (SGR). A series of interviews and forums with the five candidates under consideration for the position will be conducted Sept. 28-29.

The five finalists are:

  • Cathy Ball, assistant city manager of Asheville, N.C.
  • Sarah Hannah-Spurlock, nighttime economy manager of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • David Johnston, former city manager of Covington, Ky.
  • Chris Lindsey, assistant city manager of Westminster, Colo.
  • David Strahl, interim village manager of Schiller Park, Ill.

Additional information about the candidates can be found at

Over the course of two days, the finalists will go through individual and group interviews, meet with City staff, tour Johnson City, and make presentations to the Commission. The public is invited attend a meet-and-greet reception with the candidates Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Langston Centre, 315 Elm St.

The city manager, who is appointed by the City Commission, serves as the chief administrative officer, managing day-to-day operations in accordance with policies and procedures set forth by the Board. Current City Manager Pete Peterson announced in March his plans to retire at the end of the year after more than 30 years of service with the City of Johnson City. SGR was hired by the Board of Commissioners to lead a nationwide search for his successor.

“The recruitment process has been thorough and timely and has generated a number of quality candidates,” said Mayor Joe Wise. “We are excited to continue the process with these five and show them all that Johnson City has to offer.”

The Board hopes to have a new manager under contract by the end of October.