LETTER: Why is Jerre Threatt no longer with the City of Clinton?
The city of Clinton lost a valuable asset when Jerre Threatt was asked to leave his position as Assistant City Manager a couple of months ago.
I have met Bill Ed Cannon a couple of times and he seems like a nice enough guy, but I have known Jerre for several years and know him to be a loyal, conscientious and hard worker, as well as a great neighbor. He is very invested in Clinton, having moved his family here six years ago, and is painstakingly restoring one of the most beautiful historic homes in town back to its original glory.
His mother lived at the Presbyterian home until her death this spring, and his in-laws have also bought a house in town. Jerre has multiple degrees, including a masters in city management, and specialties in historical preservation. He left a city planning job in Columbia over two years ago to take the job in Clinton working for Frank Stovall.
Jerre worked behind the scenes on many projects in town, and was instrumental in getting several grants for the city, including the recent EPA Brownfields Grant. His vision for the city is exciting and is what made me want to be a part of the Main Street Clinton. I just don't understand how the new city manager could decide after a very short amount of time that he couldn't work with Jerre, and I don't understand why our mayor didn't advocate for keeping Jerre. I'm also curious as to why this change in personnel hasn't been reported in the paper.
Jerre Threatt is a pleasant, innovative visionary and the city of Clinton was a better place with him on the job.
Lisa Emerson Machione