The chair of Clayton Town Manager Steve Biggs is still warm, mostly because he’s still sitting in it, but the town council is already looking for a replacement. The town posted the job this past week and expects to take until August or later to name a new manager.
Biggs announced earlier this month that after 19 years he was leaving Clayton to take over as town manager in Christiansburg, Va. During his time in Clayton, the town’s population has more than tripled, from 6,000 to nearly 20,000. Clayton has also struggled through a recession but recently saw two of the region’s largest pharmaceutical companies announce expansions.
The town will advertise the job for a month, and Developmental Associates, a consultant hired to recruit and evaluate candidates, will score and rank applicants as they come in. The town is spending $25,000 on its new manager’s search, with most going to the consultant and the rest to travel, meals and expenses for candidates.
Biggs’ last day in town hall is Friday, June 10, and deputy town manager Nancy Medlin will take over as interim town manager.
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Based on a timeline released by the town, the council will meet in closed session on Tuesday, June 28, to review applications and whittle the list to 15. Then Developmental Associates will interview and put essay questions to the 15 over the next two weeks. By July 11, the town council will cut the list to six.
By late July, the remaining six applicants will visit town hall and get put through their paces in a two-day series of tests, such as simulated staff meetings and response to an emergency, the town said in a release. Town staff, officials from other town and some Clayton residents will have the chance to assess the candidates. But the meetings won’t be open to the public. The six will then be cut to three finalists.
In the first week of August, the town plans to have each candidate visit the town for a day to tour town facilities and have dinner with the town council. By mid-August, the council hopes to announce a manager and the hire take over by September or November.
Drew Jackson: 919-553-7234, Ext. 104; @jdrewjackson