The Crossville City Council finalized their decision on a new permanent city manager Tuesday night. During a special-called meeting taking place within a work session, council members voted on and approved the nomination of Gary Wood of Baker, FL. To fill the position which has been vacant since last April when David Rutherford was ousted from the office. Wood is currently serving as a director of community development but has worked previously as a city manager. City Mayor James Mayberry made the motion to hire Wood, contingent upon a background check, salary and contract approval and starting date. At first Council Member Danny Wyatt balked at the idea of voting without Mayor Pro Tem JH Graham who has been out on sick leave. But the initial motion passed 3-1 with Mayor Mayberry, Pam Harris and Scott Shanks voting for. Wyatt abstained. Wyatt then made a motion to begin negotiations with Wood for a 2-year-contract at $80,000 salary, with a 10 percent increase after 6 months and $2500 in moving expenses. That motion passed unanimously.