Randy Hemann, a well-liked and well respected former High Point assistant city manager who helped orchestrate the revitalization of the city’s downtown, has accepted a job as the city manager of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Hemann served as assistant city manager of High Point from 2015 to 2019 – where he played a central role in the  construction of the city’s $36 million baseball stadium that has served as a cornerstone for downtown growth.

 He left that job in September of 2019 to become the town manager of Mooresville, North Carolina, and now he’s moving up the local government totem pole to manage the city of over 32,000 people – not to mention the home of the Oak Ridge Boys.

On Monday, Aug. 28, the city announced the selection of Hemann and stated that his first day on the job will be on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

According to Oak Ridge officials, his selection came after “an extensive search and interview process.” He was said to be the top pick out of 64 candidates, 12 of whom were presented to the City Council for consideration.

In a prepared statement, Hemann sounded delighted about the new job with the storied city.

“From the Manhattan Project to the Scarboro 85, Oak Ridge has a unique place in American history,” Hemann said, “and I am honored and humbled to be able to serve the citizens and institutions of Oak Ridge. I look forward to working with staff and the development community to continue implementing Oak Ridge’s vision for a downtown area that becomes a central point for residents and visitors to gather, celebrate and enjoy.”

Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch called Hemann a “model of servant leadership.”

Early in his government career, Hemann specialized in downtown development in North Carolina cities including in Salisbury, Kinston, Benson and Oxford.

Hamann’s wife Paula will accompany him to the Volunteer State.

“Paula and I felt at home from the moment we arrived for the interview process,” he said.