The Provo City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve the selection of a new chief administrative officer for Provo to replace retiring Chet Waggener.
Mayor Joe Jenkins and a panel of citizens selected Thomas A. Martin. Martin is expected to begin work in Provo on Dec. 10, pending final City Council approval at the regular council meeting."My family and I are very excited about the move to Provo," Martin said from his home in Michigan. "As the time draws nearer, we are looking forward to the trip."
Martin has served as city manager of Mount Pleasant, Mich., for the past 10 years. He has worked in city management since 1972, beginning as an assistant city manager in Huntington Woods, Mich.
The Martins are no strangers to Provo. Martin and his wife attended Brigham Young University where Martin received a degree in political science in 1968.
Jenkins described Martin as a "real go-getter" at last week's Provo City Council study meeting. He said Martin's experience and personable manner made him the best choice for the job.
Jenkins said six applicants were selected to be interviewed for the position. The committee was unanimous in its selection of Martin.
"From the information I have obtained concerning the needs for the city of Provo today, it appears that I have the experience and leadership skills which you require from the CAO," Martin said in his letter of application.
"For the past 18 years I have worked effectively in three different cities, each time taking greater responsibilities and facing new challenges."
Martin's application outlined his experience in managing a town with many problems similar to those of Provo. Mt. Pleasant is home to Central Michigan University. As manager he said he developed a close working relationship with university officials.
Martin is also experienced with redeveloping a deteriorating downtown area and more fully developing a small airport. In Mt. Pleasant he helped develop a multi-agency economic development corporation that has been successful in establishing a technology research park and two industrial parks.
City Council at a glance
The Provo City Council will consider the approval of a new chief administrative officer for the city and an appropriation of $380,000 for East Bay Golf Course renovations at its regular meeting Tuesday.
The mayor and council will respond to questions from the audience at the conclusion of the meeting.
The City Council meets in the Council Chambers, 315 W. Center, at 7 p.m.