City Manager Office


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.

About Bill Sorah

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 two other occasions as Interim City Manager. Mr. Sorah has over forty years of experience in local government management 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
  • Tennessee City Management Association
  • National League of Cities
  • American Public Works Association
  • American Water Works Association
  • Tri-Cities Airport Authority Board
  • Bristol Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Bristol Regional Sewer Oversight Committee 

Officiates College Football

In his spare time, he has officiated collegiate football for nearly three decades, with most of his career spent in the NCAA Division 1-A Sunbelt Conference. He has received nine 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.  Following his retirement from the field in 2015, he joined the Southern Conference as an Instant Replay Official.

United Way Board of Directors

Sorah serves on the United Way of Bristol Board of Directors. 


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