Pittsboro works process for new town manager

BY CASEY MANN, News + Record Staff
Posted 2/14/20

The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners this week set a plan in motion for the process for finding a new town manager.

Since the January 27 resignation of former manager Bryan …

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PITTSBORO — The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners this week set a plan in motion for the process for finding a new town manager.

Since the January 27 resignation of former manager Bryan Gruesbeck, Pittsboro leaders have received interest from three candidates to fill the position on a temporary, interim basis. Commissioners agreed to allow a small sub-set of the board — commissioners Michael Fiocco and John Bonitz — to conduct initial interviews of the and present their recommendations to the board. The result may or may not result in final interviews being conducted by the full board during an upcoming closed session.

The board also asked that Mayor Jim Nass send out requests for proposals from search firms, companies that manage high-level recruitment, to consider for the process of finding a permanent town manager.

The board also discussed possible “policy changes” that Nass, who took office in December, brought for consideration.

“This is to begin a discussion, not to take any action,” Nass said as he opened the discussion.

Some of the ideas, such as the board signing off on the hiring of key positions, appeared to be not warmly accepted by the board. But the board was very interested in conducting exit interviews of key positions. Those interviews could be done in closed session with the full board, with a sub-set of the board or with an “independent” person not affiliated with the town so that the employee could feel free to discuss openly their period of employment with the town. Nass noted he would work on writing a policy for the board’s review and future consideration.

The board expressed interest in having reviews for staff included in the town’s personnel handbook, something that several commissioners said was not included in current policies. Commissioner Kyle Shipp suggested “peer or 360 feedback” from people who work with staff members should be included in those reviews.

Commissioners also proposed semi-annual reviews of the town manager. Shipp said that the process would help the board “be in tune” with the town manager. These would likely be held with the full board during closed session. Nass said that he would work on creating a policy draft for such a process for the board’s review.

Commissioners also voted Monday to approve severance pay for Gruesbeck in the amount of $38,300.

Reporter Casey Mann can be reached at CaseyMann@Chathamnr.com.

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