Statesville Council starts search for next manager

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With the retirement of Statesville City Manager Larry Pressley at the end of April, Statesville City Council held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss the appointment of an interim manager.

Council stayed in open session throughout this discussion and approved a motion instructing Mayor Costi Kutteh to with Assistant City Manager Lynn Smyth about her interest in the interim manager position. Smyth, a 32-year employee with the City of Statesville, has served as Assistant City Manager since 2008.

In addition, Council member Steve Johnson asked Pressley and Smyth to develop a chart to show how the City’s organization would be affected if Smyth were appointed interim.

Council also discussed the option of using an outside agency to assist with identifying retired city managers as possible candidates for the interim position. Smyth was instructed to contact several agencies to determine the time-frame and costs for providing these services.

Tuesday’s meeting was continued until Monday, April 9, at 2 p.m., when the reports are to be presented.

Council then went into closed session to talk about the acquisition of property at the corner of Meeting and Sharpe Streets. The property is owned by Boggs Motor Company and, if purchased, would be used for additional civic center parking. No action was taken on this matter.

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