By MATT KOESTERS
The Clarksville Town Council voted unanimously to elect Bob Polston to the top spot in Clarksville government at a reorganization meeting Wednesday.
“I hope I can do the citizens a great service,” Polston said. “I hope I can handle it, and I’m sure I can.”
Polston replaces fellow freshman Councilman John Gilkey as the president of the council. The motion to nominate Polston came from Councilman Paul Kraft, with a second from Councilman Don Tetley. The vote was 6-0, with Councilman Paul Fetter absent from the meeting.
The faces at the top of the majority of Clarksville’s departments remain the same, with one exception.
NEW REDEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
The council unanimously approved the one-year appointment of Nick Lawrence to serve as the town’s redevelopment director.
Lawrence, an 2003 graduate of Clarksville High School, most recently served as the senior director of business development with One Southern Indiana. He holds both his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his MBA from the University of Louisville. Lawrence graduated from U of L with his bachelor’s degree in 2006 with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9 on a four-point scale.
Polston, Tetley and Councilman Bob Popp interviewed Lawrence for the position about two weeks ago, Popp said.
“All three of us were very impressed with the interview,” Popp said. “Mr. Polston contacted all of the other council members to see if they had any questions or problems with Nick. Everyone, as you’ve seen tonight, voted for him. In fact, most of them said they were very happy to see a young man who went to Clarksville High School, worked at the [Clarksville Family Aquatic Center] and has his MBA from the University of Louisville.”
Two other candidates were also contacted about the position, Popp said. Popp pointed out the position is a political appointment and that Lawrence will need to work to win reappointment in 2014.
“With the credentials that he has, with the work and the information from One Southern Indiana, we’re impressed,” Popp said, “and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
Kraft will serve as the council’s vice president, while Tetley will serve as the council’s secretary.
After assuming the role of president, Polston appointed himself, Popp and Tetley to one-year terms on the town’s redevelopment commission.
Gilkey will serve as the council’s liaison to the wastewater department and as a member of the town’s plan commission.
Brittany Montgomery, the town’s project coordinator, was named to represent Clarksville on the River Hills Economic Development Council.
Nancy Kraft, a member of the Greater Clark County Schools board, vice president of the Clark County Democratic Party and wife of Paul Kraft, was appointed to a one-year term on the Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau.