8:00 pm 3/20/2017 Updated since initial posting
Monday’s special called meeting for the City of Whitwell ended up with a vote to offer the City Manager position to a man who currently calls Lubbock, Texas home. Todd Mistrot (the final ‘t’ is silent) has accepted the position via telephone with Mayor Linda Hooper.
Commissioner Sandra Crabtree made the motion for Mistrot and read a statement explaining the criteria by which she came to supporting Mistrot. The vote would ultimately tally 3-1 in support of Mistrot. Crabtree read from the statement’s introduction:
“We are recommending Mr. Todd Mistrot for the City Manager position. First of all, he has a background in law enforcement and he has worked in a rehabilitative capacity in his current job with veteran’s who need help after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s familiar with the workings of the various departments [such as] police and fire as well as working with various government entities. When he visited our city, he went to the business owners and introduced himself and spoke with them and other citizens of Whitwell. He stated he was a ‘hands on’ manager and he was willing to work with department heads and the city recorder. He seemed to be very approachable and willing to speak with citizens stating he has an ‘open door policy.'”
In a phone interview, Mistrot spoke to the characteristics of what attracted him to the area as well as the job. “I spent about 20 years in Columbus, MS, particularly around Caledonia and I just really missed the small town feel where you really knew your neighbors and had those close relationships,” Mistrot continued, “And I really enjoy hunting and fishing which is something I don’t have easy access to where I am.” As far as the job itself, Mistrot was motivated by the potential. “I think there are business owners here that are ready to look towards the future,” Mistrot said.
Regarding his plans for the transition, Mistrot was hoping to make the move over the next three to four weeks. “I believe the city’s next scheduled meeting is April 13 and it is currently my intention to be there prior to that meeting so the community can lay eyes on me and we can go to work.”