The Hendersonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 9-4 to extend the term of Interim City Administrator Dave LeMarbre through the end of the year.
Ward 2 Alderman Scott Sprouse said the extension was neither long-term nor a solution, but that he wanted to stay the course through the end of the year. He also said he wanted to take no further steps toward finding a permanent city administrator until after the election in order to depoliticize the discussion.
“Staying the course is the proper course until after the election,” said Ward 6 Alderman Eddie Roberson. “Then whomever is elected as mayor and the new board will be able to put their stamp of approval on whatever processes decided moving forward.”
LeMarbre’s term started last December after BOMA voted to create the City Administrator position. His current contract runs through September 30. He was appointed in November at a rate of $75-an-hour with a maximum allocation of $82,000.
Last week, Carmen Davis declined Hendersonville’s offer to be the next city administrator, citing the moving and housing allowance rate offered by the city.