Council extends Fleming’s contract until 2011

Published 10:35 pm Monday, November 23, 2009

June Fleming will remain Franklin’s city manager through June 2011, thanks to a vote by the City Council Monday night.

“The fact that we’ve got so much turmoil, we need something stable,” said Councilman Benny Burgess, who made the motion to extend Fleming’s contract. The motion passed with a vote of 6-0. Councilwoman Rosa Lawrence didn’t attend the meeting.

Earlier this year, Fleming and the council agreed on a “memorandum of understanding” for her to serve “at the pleasure of council” until June 30, 2010. The council agreed to “make an effort to hire and employ a new city manager” during this period.

However, council members said the pending closure of International Paper’s Franklin mill and the fiscal impact it will have on the city require stable leadership.

“We want to go out and get a city manager, but right now we just felt like it’s better to keep her here for one more year to work through this transition,” Burgess said.

“I’ve always said that I would do what the council thought was best,” Fleming said after the meeting. “They made that request, and I’ve honored it.”