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the coun­cil con­sid­ered a per­son of in­tegrity and char­ac­ter.

“We need to find out about this per­son for not just what’s writ­ten there, but we need to find out from other peo­ple what kind of man or woman this per­son is,” Wil­liams said.

John­ston agreed with Wil­liams on hav­ing some­one of good char­ac­ter take over the city man­ager po­si­tion.

“We want some­one that’ll rep­re­sent us well and have strong char­ac­ter be­cause they’re cer­tainly go­ing to be step­ping into a job and lead­ing about 300 some odd peo­ple who work for the city of Cov­ing­ton. So it’s a big, big deal,” John­ston said.

The coun­cil agreed that they would start with the orig­i­nal job de­scrip­tion and then look into adding more cri­te­ria if it were nec­es­sary.

John­ston said he needed full com­mit­ment from the coun­cil in the next cou­ple of months as they went through the process of hir­ing a new city man­ager. He said the de­ci­sion was one of the big­gest the coun­cil had to make and he wanted it to be the right one.

“This is go­ing to take quite a bit of time. This is the one po­si­tion that the coun­cil does hire. It’s a crit­i­cal po­si­tion for the whole city,” John­son said. “We’ve got to put the best in­ter­est of this city for­ward and make the best de­ci­sion we pos­si­bly can.”

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