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The City of Kingsport has hired Michael Borders as Assistant City Manager. In this position, Borders will work with City Manager Chris McCartt to oversee Leisure Services within the city. These services include Parks and Recreation, Kingsport Public Library, the Office of Cultural Arts, Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport Farmers Market, Kingsport Senior Center and Kingsport Aquatic Center.

“Kingsport offers high-quality leisure services that enrich the lives of our citizens daily,” said Borders. “With numerous projects ongoing and on the horizon, I could not think of a more exciting time to join the city. It is a privilege to lead this group as we continue to improve and build upon those services.”

Borders is a Kingsport native who understands how special the City of Kingsport is to its citizens. He attended East Tennessee State University where he earned both his B.S. in Criminal Justice and his master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a seasoned public administrator, having served in communities throughout east Tennessee.

Borders previously served as City Recorder for the Town of Unicoi and worked in the Planning Department for the Town of Erwin. Most recently, he was City Administrator for the Town of Pittman Center, during which time he created the town’s building department and various programs to best serve the town’s citizens. Borders’ experience and skills are well suited to serve the citizens of Kingsport.

“As someone who was born and raised in Kingsport,” Borders said, “it is exciting to have the opportunity to come home and be a part of the Kingsport team as we work with the community to shape the Kingsport of tomorrow.”