City Administrator Nolan Ming

IMG_9833The City of McMinnville has operated under the General Law Mayor-Aldermanic form of government since 1901. In 1987, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed an ordinance creating the City Administrator position. The City Administrator is the Chief Executive Officer of the City and is responsible for the overall management of its operations. This system combines the strength of an elected Board of Mayor and Aldermen with a professional manager and staff.


The City Administrator plans, organizes, and manages all activities of the City organization so as to provide leadership so that all Board of Mayor and Aldermen priorities, policies, and programs are successfully implemented and effectively managed.  This includes both the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s policy agenda as well as the management agenda to ensure quality public services are responsive to the citizens and that we operate as a high-performing organization.

The City Administrator's responsibilities include:

    • Plan, direct, coordinate, and exercise general supervision over the work of all departments, including the activities of Administrative, Police, Fire, Community Development, Parks & Recreation, Water & Wastewater, and Public Works Departments. The City of McMinnville has ten department heads supervising 160 full-time employees and up to 85 part-time/seasonal employees.
    • Serve as a liaison between City staff and the Board of Mayor & Aldermen: attend all meetings of the Board of Mayor & Aldermen; brief Board Members on pending agenda items and other City issues. Make recommendations to the Board, which the Board may accept, reject, or modify. The City Administrator must then implement any action taken by the Board.
    • Direct city operations through department heads: coordinate city-wide management activities and facilitate implementation strategies; apprise the Board of Mayor & Aldermen of emergencies.
    • Recommend and implement organizational structure and control system for the business departments of the City and to ensure that processes are in place to conduct the City’s business within the legal and policy framework.
    • Maintain a constant focus on the municipal needs of the residents of the City and respond to citizen inquiries and requests for service as well as media requests in a professional and customer service-oriented manner.
    • Supervise and prepare the annual budget, budget amendments, and Capital Equipment and Improvement Program.
    • Coordinate special projects for the City, including the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of construction/renovation projects, management studies, introduction of new programs, and various professional services.
    • Determine work procedures, prepare work schedules, and expedite workflow; research and standardize procedures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.


Nolan Ming was appointed the City Administrator in May 2019. Prior to his current role, Nolan served as the Community Development Director for the City of McMinnville and Building & Environmental Codes Director for Warren County, TN.

He is a  member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and is an ICMA Credentialed Manager. He is also a member of the Tennessee City/County Management Association (TCMA), Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), and Noon Rotary.

Nolan holds a master's degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University, a bachelor's degree in Public Administration & Community Development from Central Michigan University, and is a member of the Global Honor Society of Public Administrators (Pi Alpha Alpha). He is married to Melissa, and they have five daughters. 

Nolan can be reached at 931-473-1200, or

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