By BRYAN CLARK
CHARLES TOWN – Charles Town City Manager Joe Cosentini has accepted a position as the town administrator of Thompson’s Station, a town of 2,194 people 30 miles south of Nashville, Tenn. He will serve out the month of February leading the City of Charles Town’s staff, and begin work at his new post in mid-to-late-March.
Cosentini could not be reached for comment.
According to The Tennessean, the new position will pay $95,000 annually.
Cosentini has served as Charles Town’s city manager since 2011. Prior to taking that post, he had served as the city clerk and assistant city manager beginning in 2005. He has also served as the chair of the Charles Town Utility Board.
As city manager, Cosentini oversaw the town’s budget and much of its day-to-day operations.
The town will hold a personnel meeting tomorrow and a city council meeting Monday, both of which will address the process of searching for a new city manager.
“We want to begin advertising just as soon as possible for a replacement,” said Mayor Peggy Smith. “Normally the process does take a couple of months, so we want to get started right away.”
Smith said the town will prioritize candidates’ prior experience and education during the search for a new manager. She said that Cosentini will be sorely missed.
“I think he has served the city very well,” Smith said. “We’re going to miss Joe.
“When you can count the number of staff members on both hands to run a whole city, I can’t stress enough how hard our staff works. We’re very proud of him.”
She said Cosentini worked as a consensus-builder, attempting to craft policies that could win broad support from members of the city council.
She said he often went “above and beyond the call of duty” in his service to the town. She remembers particularly his work during the 2012 derecho.
“In the middle of the night at 3 a.m., there were our city manager and our police chief going door to door to see if the citizens were OK,” she said. “They were also moving branches with the road crews to help open the streets.”
Corey Napier, the mayor of Thompson’s Station, said Cosentini had been selected from 63 applicants for the position in the small but quickly growing village, which serves as a bedroom community for the Nashville area. Cosentini will replace Greg Langeliers, who has served as the town’s administrator for the last decade.
“We want to preserve our rural identity, but we understand that growth is coming,” Napier said. “Joe struck us as someone who could engage our community and fit in well.”
Napier said Cosentini’s experience with wastewater and storm water management were particularly attractive to the town’s council, which voted unanimously to offer Cosentini the position on Wednesday.