Collegedale negotiates pay for new city manager who plans to also continue city engineer responsibilities

Photo by Tierra Hayes / The Collegedale Clocktower sits outside the Collegedale Library, police station, city hall, Imagination Station and The Commons. Collegedale was ranked the third safest city in Tennessee by safewise.com in 2019.

New Collegedale City Manager Wayon Hines was approved on Monday to be paid $132,488 annually to take on not just the role of city manager, but to continue in his previous role as city engineer.

Mayor Katie Lamb and City Commissioner Phil Garver expressed concerns about Hines juggling the two positions, but the compensation package was approved in a 4-1 vote.

Before being selected as the city's next manager in May, Hines had served as city engineer since 2016. He said at Monday's meeting that continuing the additional job would prevent the city from having to look for someone new and add more value for the citizens.

"It almost sounds to me like you've decided this is really kind of like two part-time jobs," said Garver, the only commissioner to vote against the measure.