The Cary Town Council started off the new year with a new national search to find the town’s next manager.
At a special meeting Monday, the council met in closed session with consultants Waters and Company Executive Recruitment, a Dallas-based firm conducting the search, to give feedback on the process so the search could resume as soon as possible.
“They will make adjustments as needed and post (the position) as soon as they can,” Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said.
The consultant is scheduled to return to the council six to seven weeks after reposting the position. Weinbrecht said he did not anticipate the council meeting again to discuss the town manager search before that time.
The council decided to restart the search in December after not coming to a unanimous decision on any of three finalists, which included one internal candidate and one out-of-state candidate.
Although this is the second national search since August, relaunching the process is not expected to cost the town any more money, officials said. The town’s $23,500 contract with Waters and Company is billed in phases, and the town will not have to pay in full until a candidate accepts an offer from the town.
“(At the meeting), they were very upbeat about getting us a town manager,” Weinbrecht said. “It was very positive.”
In the meantime, Deputy Town Manager Mike Bajorek, who applied for the position during the first search, will continue serving as interim town manager. He has served in that role since longtime Town Manager Ben Shivar retired on Sept. 30.
The council also unanimously appointed Ginny Johnson, town clerk senior administrative assistant, as interim town clerk in open session. Town Clerk Sherry Scoggins left the post Jan. 8 for a job as special assistant to the town manager in Wendell.
Weinbrecht said the town expects it will take at least 60 days to hire a new clerk.
The town manager and the town clerk are two of the three positions hired directly by the council, along with the town attorney.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon