The City Commission appointed Frankfort Police Chief Walter Wilhoite as interim city manager Monday.
Wilhoite is replacing former City Manager Fred Goins, whose last day with the city is Monday. Wilhoite will continue his duties as police chief while he serves as city manager. His salary will remain the same.
“I’ve been with the city for over 30 years, so it’s in my best interest to see that everything runs smoothly,” Wilhoite said.
Wilhoite said his two majors at the police department run their divisions without much oversight from him.
“They make my job easy as police chief,” Wilhoite said. “That’s why I’m able to do this, quite frankly.”
The commission chose from 11 applicants for the position.
“It’s great to have someone from within our organization who can step up and have the continuity that will be very much needed in the next couple weeks,” Commissioner Bill May said.
The search for a permanent replacement will continue, and the commission will begin accepting new applications.
The commission will also have a public meeting to hear opinions on what people want in a city manager. Commissioner Sellus Wilder said the final decision won’t be made until after elections so possible new commissioners can be involved.
Wilder said he hopes some of the applicants for the interim position are interested in the permanent position.
“I really hope they keep their names in the hat,” Wilder said. “We did have some folks apply that I think would do a fine job.”