Scottville commission, staff give city manager positive review. 

March 15, 2022

Jim Newkirk

Scottville commission, staff give city manager positive review. 

SCOTTVILLE — On Monday, March 15, 2022, the Scottville City Commission met in closed session, during its regular meeting, to conduct a first year evaluation of City Manager Jimmy Newkirk. Closed session is allowed to discuss personnel matters when requested by the individual in question. Newkirk was hired by the city on a one-year contract in May 2021. He received overwhelming positive marks and comments from the city commission and city staff, receiving an average score of 4.194 out of 5 from the commission. Following the closed session, the city commission reconvened in open session and recommended that Mayor Marcy Spencer and City Attorney Carlos Alvardo negotiate renewing and extending Newkirk’s contract. 

“We are very pleased with Mr. Newkirk’s service to the City of Scottville over the past year,” Mayor Spencer said. “He has an understanding of the goals set by the commission and what needs to be done to achieve those goals. There has been a lot of positive progress made in the past year that has set the city in the right direction towards economic development.” 

Newkirk said he has enjoyed his tenure at Scottville to date. 

““I feel very fortunate to be the Scottville City Manager during this exciting time of change,” Newkirk said. “Leading the city into a new era of development and growth is a honor. I’m thankful for my family, friends, and community members that have stepped up to lend support.

“I appreciate the support I receive from both the city staff and the city commission.” 

Both commissioners and city staff praised Newkirk for his leadership abilities and his ability to build relationships both internally and externally. 

“Over the past year, we have mended a lot of fences in our own community and around the county,” Mayor Spencer said. “We appreciate that Mr. Newkirk has made himself available to the public, has gotten to know the residents and business owners, and has represented Scottville on a county level.” 

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