COOKEVILLE – Cookeville City Manager Mike Davidson has announced his intentions to resign on or about June 30, 2019 to pursue other endeavors. Davidson has served in his role as city manager since 2015. He has served under two previous city councils and mayors. The current mayor and council were seated in August this year.
Davidson comments that he was not seeking other employment but was approached for his consideration of this new endeavor.
“This new opportunity provides a forum for me to continue to serve others,” said Davidson. “The city of Cookeville remains in good fiscal condition and there are many new and exciting developments on the horizon. I’ve been able to surround myself with a truly dedicated, capable staff and great employees. That is the reason it was a difficult decision to make. I truly appreciate and value my time spent at the city and the relationships that were formed, but I am also excited to embark on this new journey.”
The Cookeville City Council is supportive of Mr. Davidson’s decision. The new council has two former mayors that worked well with Davidson. Former Mayor Chuck Womack, (Mayor 1998 – 2006) is very familiar with Mike’s capabilities. Vice-Mayor Laurin Wheaton, Councilman Mark Miller and Councilman Eric Walker are new to public office and were sworn into office on Aug. 16, 2018. They expressed their support and appreciation to Davidson for his service to his community.
Current Mayor Ricky Shelton, (councilmember 2002-2010 and Mayor 2014-current) supports and respects Davidson’s decision, and acknowledges the vast knowledge and credentials that Davidson possesses.
“He is the quintessential public servant,” said Shelton. “His financial acumen and methodical approach to issues are attributes that made Mike so great at his job. He will truly be missed.”