Rutherfordton Council to discuss manager recruitment

Jun. 08, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

The Rutherfordton Town Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss its search for a Town Manager.

The Council will discuss approving a contract with Developmental Associates, LLC “for executive search services in connection with the Town’s recruitment of a new Town Manager.”

Developmental Associates, LLC is based in Durham, according to its website.

“We help organizations identify and develop leaders, people and programs to achieve superior results,” its website said.

The Council entered into a contract with Bob Shepherd to be its interim Town Manager on April 2 following the retirement of long-time Town Manager Karen Andrews.

Originally from Ashe County and currently residing in Asheville, Shepherd has previously served as an interim town manager in the towns of Columbus, Tryon and Blowing Rock.

“There has been some effort underway to do that (recruit a Town Manager) and our Town Attorney (David Lloyd) has been handling it,” Shepherd said Friday.

Shepherd works on a part-time basis — two to three days per week.

“When I came, I was told they were going to do this and since I am basically half-time, I needed that time to do the routine things and not have those things laid on top,” Shepherd said.

He said the plan to hire an outside firm to help conduct the search for a full-time replacement “has been developing as late as today (Friday).”

On Wednesday, council members approved the Town’s 2014-15 budget which Shepherd called “bare bones.” The budget included an unchanged property tax rate of $0.567 per $100 of value.

The Council will also hold an executive session Tuesday to discuss personnel matters following discussions of the contract with Developmental Associates, LLC.

“It’s a personnel matter and they have done this,” Shepherd said. “A lot of the personnel matters since Karen retired have been done in closed session to decide how to proceed.”


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