First Posted: 1/15/2009
MAXTON - Town officials say a problem in the wording of the advertisement for a permanent town manager means the search to fill the position will have to be restarted.
The town has been looking for an administrator since October, when Eric Pearson resigned that position to take a job in Colorado.
Since that time the town Board of Commissioners has re-viewed 39 applications and narrowed the field to two people - with interim Town Manager Katrina Tatum being one of the finalists.
But that work will have to be scrapped, according to Mayor Lillie McKoy.
“The advertisement wasn't right,” McKoy said. “As written, it didn't conform to our personnel policy.”
McKoy said the original ad suggested that the town manager have a higher level of education than the personnel policy requires. That ad, which first began running in November 2006, said “a minimum education is a bachelor's degree in public administration or similar program in an associated field, while a master's degree in an associated field and experience managing a complex small town is preferred.”
The new ad that ran Sunday in The Robesonian no longer includes information about a master's degree. It says, “a bachelor's degree in public administration or related field preferred or any combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge and ability to manage a complex small town.”
McKoy said the change was not made to benefit Tatum, who does not have a master's degree, or any other applicant.
“It had to do with the way the ad was worded more so than the candidates,” McKoy said.
Commissioner Sallie McLean, chairman of the manager search committee, said the two finalists will remain in the running and others can reapply. McLean said the other finalist is from North Carolina, but she would not identify that person.
“We just corrected what the problem was and put it back out there and that gives others a chance to apply,” McLean said. “We want to get somebody hired and in here as soon as possible, but the thing is we don't want to false advertise or anything … with municipalities you have to cross all T's and dot your I's.”
The Maxton position will pay from $50,000 to $65,000 a year.