While the Cary Town Council continues its search for a new town manager, the council also must begin looking for a new town clerk.
Town Clerk Sherry Scoggins, who replaced longtime clerk Sue Rowland in 2014, has been hired as special assistant to the town manager in Wendell.
She starts Monday, Jan. 11. That day, the Cary Town Council will begin the process of finding her replacement, as well as restart the search for a new town manager in closed session at a special meeting.
“She’s been great,” Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said of Scoggins. “She came into a very difficult situation ... We had a town clerk for a couple of decades, and she left and so (Scoggins) had big shoes to fill, and she did a good job. We’re sad to see her go, and we’re going to miss her.”
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Weinbrecht said the council likely will select an interim town clerk at Monday’s special meeting. He said the process of selecting a new town clerk would be discussed, including whether the town wants to conduct the search through a national search firm, which is what the town is doing to find a town manager.
The town clerk is just one of three positions hired directly by the council, along with the town manager and town attorney. The town clerk is responsible for giving notice of council meetings, preparing the council agenda, managing various boards and commissions, providing support services to the council and more.
Wendell’s special assistant to the town manager position is a newly created post, Scoggins said. She lives in Wendell and is looking forward to the opportunity. She said she will begin her new job working on several projects for the town manager, including planning the upcoming council retreat and re-evaluating the council agenda process.
“I think this presents the opportunity where I can actually be engaged in the community in which I live,” Scoggins said.
Scoggins also has served as the town clerk for the Town of Clayton, the executive secretary for Wake County’s Public Safety/Fire-Rescue Division and the secretary for Raleigh police chief. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in business administration and management of human resources from Barton College in Wilson and an associate’s degree from Louisburg College.
Monday’s special meeting also marks a fresh start to the Cary Town Council’s town manager search.
After a four-month long search in 2015 to replace longtime manager Ben Shivar, the town council decided to start the process over after not coming to a unanimous decision on the three finalists.
Deputy Town Manager Mike Bajorek, who applied for the permanent position, will continue to serve as interim town manager.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608; @KTrogdon