Illinois firm selected to lead city manager search in Oak Ridge

Wednesday, the Oak Ridge City Council voted unanimously to hire GovHR USA out of Northbrook, Illinois to lead the search for a new city manager to succeed Mark Watson, who is retiring effective May 5th. The company’s bid to facilitate the search came in at $23,500, but Council members indicated there could be some additional costs during the process.

Wednesday’s vote came after a Tuesday work session during which Council members heard presentations from the three finalists and were able to ask questions of each company’s representatives. The City Council will vote on a contract with GovHR USA at its monthly meeting in April.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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