(From the Norris Bulletin 3/13/19) Norris, TN: Scott Hackler, who was selected by the Norris City Council last week to serve as the City’s next City Manager, will assume his post, Monday, April 1. In an
He stressed that his first task would be to meet with department heads and City employees in an attempt to familiarize himself with their needs and how he can best assist them in accomplishing their jobs. He noted that he saw his primary function was, first, to make sure that each department had the resources necessary to perform their specific responsibilities and, secondly, to be available in case additional support was needed from his office.
Hackler added that, as a lifelong resident of Norris, he believed he was in a unique position to pro vide the necessary leadership and vision required to move the City forward. One of his first goals, he said, was to establish a solid and effective working relationship with Anderson County govern- mental officials, as well as other local municipal officials and com- munity leaders in the area.
He emphasized that, in his role as Chief of the Norris Volunteer Fire Department, he had worked to strengthen ties with the fire departments in nearby Andersonville and hoped to develop a stronger mutual aid agreement with that jurisdiction, as well as Clinton and other County fire departments.
In his opinion, Norris was extremely fortunate to have a staff of effective and dedicated employees, and he did not foresee any sudden or dramatic changes in the lineup of current personnel.
One complication that arose following his selection is the fact that, according to the provisions of an existing city ordinance, his new position as City Manager precludes his ability to remain as Fire Chief, so he has announced that he will surrender that post and name a replacement for the fire
Further, the city nepotism laws made it necessary for his son, Gabe, to relinquish his position as a part-time dispatcher with the Police Department.
One comes away from a conversation with our new City Manager with the conclusion that he is genuinely concerned about the future of Norris and, also, that he was motivated to seek out the position by a strong desire to serve his hometown and its people. Although he is the first to admit that he is lacking in administrative experience at the municipal level, it quickly becomes obvious that his work history indicates a strong sense of accomplishment and the ability to perform the task at hand.
A special thank you to the Norris Bulletin for this article.