City Manager

The Office of the City Manager is responsible for the overall administration of the city. Serving as the chief administrative officer of the city, the City Manager is responsible to the City Council for the administration of all city affairs including, but not limited to the appointment and removal of all city employees; supervision of all departments, offices and agencies of the city; and the enforcement of all laws, charter provisions, and acts of Council.  The City Manager is responsible for preparing the annual budget and capital improvement program, for preparing a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city yearly, and for keeping the City Council fully informed concerning the operations of city departments and activities.

Bill Sorah was appointed by the Bristol Tennessee City Council to serve as City Manager in January 2014. Prior to assuming this position he had served the city on 2 other occasions as Interim City Manager.  Mr. Sorah has over 35 years of experience spanning both cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia.  He is a graduate of Belhaven College with a Bachelors of Arts degree and a Master of City Management degree from East Tennessee State University.  He is a member of the International City Management Association, the Tennessee City Management Association, National League of Cities, American Public Works Association, and the American Water Works Association. Sorah also serves on the Tri-Cities Airport Authority Board and the Bristol Regional Sewer Oversight Committee.


In his spare time, he officiates collegiate football in the NCAA Division 1-A Sunbelt Conference.  He has received 9 post-season assignments including the 2004 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga., the 2005 MasterCard Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, TX., the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN., and the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, CA.


Sorah serves as a Trustee of the YMCA Endowment Fund and has served as Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors.


Sorah and his wife, Karen, have a son and 2 daughters.