Eads to fill dual role as Bristol Virginia manager, attorney

BRISTOL, Va. – City Attorney Randall Eads will be wearing an additional hat after the City Council today selected him as its interim city manager.

Eads, who was chosen city attorney in January, succeeds Tabitha Crowder, who served as city manager for the past three years. This occurred during the council’s annual reorganization meeting at City Hall.

“It was a total shock,” Eads said after the meeting. “Tabitha did an excellent job.”

Eads said he has never shied away from a challenge and this would be a challenge.

The council voted 4-1, with former Mayor Bill Hartley casting the lone dissenting vote, to place Eads in both roles.

The council also selected Kevin Mumpower as its next mayor and Kevin Wingard, who was just appointed last fall, as vice mayor.

“I’m not big on titles,” Mumpower said. “its more about the job and doing what’s right, not about the title.”

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