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.”