The Cary Town Council voted unanimously Thursday to make Deputy Town Manager Mike Bajorek the interim town manager after current manager Ben Shivar retires at the end of September.
“I’m very thankful that council has placed their confidence in me to lead us through this transitional period,” Bajorek said Friday.
As interim town manager, Bajorek, 56, will head the town beginning Oct. 1 for about $202,000 annually, which reflects a 5 percent raise from his current salary of $192,441. Meanwhile, the town council will conduct a national search to replace Shivar, who has worked for the town for 19 years.
Bajorek joined the town in 1988 as assistant director of public works and has held a number of leadership positions, including public works director and assistant town manager. He became the town’s first deputy town manager in 2013.
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Bajorek said he plans to apply for the permanent position as the Cary’s town manager. But in the meantime, he said he wants to continue to keep the town’s wheels in motion.
“This is the time when we plan for the upcoming budget preparation, so there’s a lot of very important things that we just need to continue to move ahead with in the transition period,” he said. “Things don’t stop because Ben’s retiring. We are in a great position right now, but if you’re standing still, you’re going to get run over.”
Planners for the city of Raleigh will explain the ongoing citywide rezoning and remapping effort at a public meeting at the River Oaks Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The event begins at 7 p.m. at 1104 White Birch Lane, off Falls of Neuse Road.
The remapping process has proved confusing for many residents, who packed two meetings about it downtown last month. It rezones properties to match new districts defined in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which was adopted in 2013.
The city will hold a similar meeting in Southeast Raleigh on Aug. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Chavis Community Center.
▪ State House Minority Leader Larry Hall and Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue Jr. will speak to the Democratic Women of Wake County on Thursday, Aug. 27, at the N.C. State University Club on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the program at noon. Reservations required. www.DWWC.net
Compiled by Kathryn Trogdon and Paul A. Specht