Four apply for LaFollette City Administrator position

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By Peter Sawyer

At the Feb. 5 meeting, the LaFollette City Council voted to advertise for a full-time city administrator.

The city administrator position was left vacant when former interim city administrator Cade Sexton resigned in January. B. Shane Burris, Jack E. Miller, Billie Jean Russell and James “Andy” Wallace had applied for the position as of Monday.


Burris currently works as a machinist and inspector for Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee, Inc. in Clinton.

Burris was formerly the director for Monroe County Economic Development from 1992 to 2010. He was a state loan officer for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development from 1988 to 1992. He served as account officer for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1986 to 1988.

Burris has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee.


Miller has been working as government management consultant since 2009.

Miller has 26 years’ experience as a city manager in four municipalities. Miller was Crossville City Manager from 2000 to 2008; city manager in Cordele, Ga. from 1992 to 2000 and in Braxley, Ga. from 1989 to 1992. Miller was also city manager in Beaufort, S.C. from 1982 to 1989. Miller was the executive director for Economic and Community Development Agency in Greenville before 1982.

Miller received a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in business administration from East Tennessee State University. He also earned a doctorate in business administration from California Coast University.


Russell has been the economic and community development coordinator for the Campbell County Mayor’s Office since 2009.

Russell was an executive assistant for C3 International from 2008 to 2009. She was a business development associate for Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1987 to 2008.

Russell received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.


Wallace is currently an account executive for the LaFollette Press.

Wallace worked for Toyota in various positions, including corporate logistics and manager, from 2004 to 2011. He was a logistics manager and customer service manager for Ryder Integrated Logistics from 1995 to 2004. Wallace held various positions for Roadway Package System from 1987 to 1995, including P and D manager, operations coordinator and regional trainee.

Wallace received a bachelor’s of arts in urban development from the University of Tennessee.

Resumes will be accepted until March 8, interim city administrator Jimmy Jeffries said. Jeffries was appointed interim city administrator at the Feb. 5 meeting.