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Former Salem City Manager Becomes City Manager of Millington, Tennessee

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Former Salem City Manager and current city council candidate Thomas Christie has finalized a contract to become the first City Manager of Millington, Tennessee.  The change came in the aftermath of the former Mayor retiring after being charged with bribery.  

Christie had been selected as the top candidate for the job by the newly elected Board of Mayor and Aldermen last month, but the deal was not finalized until they were seated this week.  Christie enters the position with some questioning if the old board moved too fast in changing the charter. 

The Memphis Commercial Appeal Newspaper reports the city's new mayor Terry Jones feels their should have been a vote on the issue and plans to create a charter review committee.  The paper reports Christie would be paid an 85-thousand dollar base salary plus benefits in the position.  The city is also providing a severance package if Christie's is terminated.  

The Memphis Commercial Appeal says Christie would receive severance equal to six months of salary if he is terminated during the first two years on the job, four months salary if terminated between the second and fourth year on the job and two months salary if he is terminated after four years.  Christie is expected to start in his new job later this month.   

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