Kingsport city manager announces retirement after 35 years with city

Jeff Fleming

As Kingsport prepares for a new mayor this summer, the city will see another change in leadership. This, in the city manager’s office.

After 35 years working for the City of Kingsport, Jeff Fleming is retiring.

“I planned for five years as city manager going in, and the end of June will be that mark,” Fleming told News Channel 11.

Fleming started with the city as an intern in 1984 while attending ETSU.

He said he’s worked with six mayors, six other city managers and a “countless number of aldermen” in that time.

Fleming said he’s not worried about the future of the city when it comes to leadership, saying the city already has many potential leaders working for it.

“People are ready to step up if given the opportunity. I think it will be a very stable transition.”

Fleming’s last day will be June 21st.

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