Red Bank commissioners voted 4-1 at their Oct. 2 meeting to appoint Randall Smith as the new city manager.
Commissioners interviewed two candidates Sept. 25 including Smith, a Tallahassee, Fla., business consultant, and Charles Beale, city manager of McKenzie, Tenn.
Commissioner Ruth Jeno made a motion to hire Beale, which was seconded by Mayor Monty Millard, but the other commissioners voted against the motion. Jeno said she felt Beale was the better choice because of his government experience.
"I feel like we need someone to come in here and heal all the wounds for the city of Red Bank," she said. "We need that experience."
When Vice Mayor John Roberts made a motion to hire Smith, Jeno was the sole dissenter.
"This is a win-win situation for our city," said Millard on the city's choice of candidates.
He voted yes on both motions.
Millard offered the job to Smith immediately following the vote, and he accepted the position at a starting salary of $80,000. The figure is about $10,000 less than that of previous manager Chris Dorsey, who was fired in October 2011.
Millard said Smith will hopefully start in December or January, depending on how long it takes him to sell his company in Florida.