Deputy Town Manager Roe O’Donnell will serve as interim manager for the next few months as the Board of Commissioners works through the final stages of hiring a new town manager.
The town will replace Mark Williams, who oversaw operations in Wake Forest for more than 20 years. His last day is April 30, when O’Donnell will take over temporarily.
O’Donnell said he did not apply for the town manager position.
The Board of Commissioners will begin interviewing three finalists for the town manager position at the end of the month, said Virginia Jones, human resources director for Wake Forest.
Jones said 92 people applied for the job. The town hired Developmental Associates, a Durham-based consulting group, to help narrow the field of applicants to three.
Jones declined to comment on the finalists for the job, although she said some are from North Carolina and all are men. She would not say whether any of them currently work in Wake County.
“We don’t want to jeopardize their current positions,” Jones said.
Developmental Associates had the job candidates take part in a range of activities to test their skills, including a role-playing exercise to evaluate their ability to handle a personnel issue.
Candidates also delivered a presentation, ran a mock meeting and completed a written exercise.
In the past, the company helped Wake Forest hire Jones and Ruben Wall, the town’s parks and recreation director.
Now, town commissioners will spend time interviewing the town manager finalists. It’s unclear how long the process will take.
Once the board chooses a new town manger, it will likely be another month before he starts the job, Jones said.
“The board is well on its way to finding a new town manager,” O’Donnell said.