The Town of Selma has lost finance chief Kim Batten to Archer Lodge, where the Selma native is the new town clerk and finance manager.
Batten took the oath of office as Archer Lodge’s only full-time employee during the Town Council meeting on Sept. 14. She reported for her first day on the job a week later.
Batten takes over for interim town clerk Lisa Barnes, who was appointed to the job in August after the resignation of Jean Overton, the first clerk Archer Lodge hired after becoming a town in 2010.
Batten said she hadn’t sought a career move but was recruited for the job by Archer Lodge’s administrative consultant, C.L. Gobble. The Town of Selma hired Batten as an accountant in 2006. She had been finance director there for the past two years.
“Archer Lodge is a newly developed town, and I wanted to be part of that growing process,” Batten said of the move. “They’re really sports driven, and I’ve played sports all my life. Athletics and the community center really built the town.”
Batten graduated from Smithfield-Selma High School and earn an associate’s degree from then two-year Peace College on a basketball scholarship. She then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Until 2006, Batten handled bookkeeping for family businesses in Selma and worked as an income-tax auditor out of Raleigh. She has two adult children.
With the growth of the town, Batten expects Archer Lodge to carry through with its sports complex plan and eventually need a post office and possibly its own ZIP code.
“I look forward to working with the mayor and the town council,” Batten said.
In Archer Lodge, the town clerk is the finance manager, but given the limited services provided by the new town, Batten doesn’t see the double-duty position as overwhelming.
“In Selma, you have electric, water, sewer and billing – four funds,” Batten said. “Here they have one fund, the general fund.”
Barnes held the job of interim town clerk for a little more than a month, assuming the role on Aug. 10, the same day Overton submitted her resignation. Barnes had volunteered with the Archer Lodge Community Center for two decades and had just left as secretary when the council approached her about the temporary job.
“I had just turned the reins over to someone else” at the community center, she said. “And then a few days later I get a call about the clerk role.”
The town clerk records minutes for council meetings, answers the phone in town hall and advertises public hearings.
Johnston County Clerk of the Court Michelle Ball administered the oath to Batten.
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