Review of town manager applications to begin

By Alia Boyd -

PILOT MOUNTAIN —Pilot Mountain commissioners are poring over résumés now for the position of town manager.

The end of June was the application deadline for the job opening created when the town Board of Commissioners parted ways with then-manager Amanda Reid in September.

The interim manager has been Michael Boaz, who also is performing duties associated with a financial officer position, which is factored into the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget.

During the application period (April 11 to June 30), the town received 27 applications.

According to Ron Niland of All American Associates — a local firm contracted by Pilot Mountain to help in the search process — the length of time between the start of application review and start date for the new town manager typically will be between 60 and 90 days.

Niland later added that in addition to the time the board spends to make a decision, the notice time that the selected applicant gives his or her current employer will most likely be longer that the traditional two weeks considering the fact that positions such as this are executive level, estimating a 30- to 45-day notice period.

Following discussion at the July 11 town meeting, Niland urged that the search for a financial officer be shelved until a new town manager has been hired, adding that the town manager is actually the person who is responsible for hiring the financial officer, not the commissioners. Since the manager and financial officer must work closely together, it is essential that the manager hire someone who is on the same page.

Each commissioner and Mayor Dwight Atkins will receive a copy of every application submitted and will review the applications individually, then the board as a whole will come together with a selection of their top choices of candidates.

According to the job description posted on the town of Pilot Mountain’s website, qualifications for the position require that applicants possess a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration or a related field, additionally a master’s degree in public administration is strongly preferred.

Additionally, the description specifies that a “successful candidate” would have between two and five years of experience working in local government administration or finance.

In order to be considered for the position, applicants were required to submit an application, cover letter, résumé, five references and their salary history.

Boaz was appointed interim down manager on Sept. 28 having been previously appointed interim finance officer.

By Alia Boyd

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