As John Clark prepares to retire, Bill Rush is stepping back into public administration. Until about the end of the month, the two men are working side by side as the town managers of Marion.
At the end of its meeting March 18, the Marion Town Council approved Bill Rush as the new town manager, pending a background check. The position is not Rush’s first in such a leadership position in Smyth County. He served as Chilhowie’s town manager for about five years. He stepped down in November 2006 to pursue a business venture oriented toward private economic development.