Friends – Our town council got off to an excellent start in replacing resigned town Manager Ed Evans. Ed has offered to stay on the job through the end of November. The Council today voted to hire as soon as possible an interim town manager who would assume town management responsibility promptly. A detailed presentation by Hartwell Wright of the N.C. League of Municipalities at today’s called council meeting covered the recommended process for selection of a new town manager. Wright also recommended hiring an interim manager promptly because legal responsibility for our town management resides in the town manager. Wright said on average it takes six months to choose and hire a new town manager. At this time of year he said with holidays it will probably take longer. Wright emphasized the importance of making a deliberate decision to obtain the right person as our town manager. Wright will provide the town with the name of an experienced retired town manager to consider as interim town manager. Mayor Pro Tem Albert Yount has already received the resume of an experienced candidate for the interim manager position. Council will hold a confidential meeting next Monday to consider candidates for the interim management position.