• 37°

Spencer town manager resigning in November

SPENCER — Spencer Town Manager Larry Smith, who has served with the town since March 2000 and as town manager since May 2005, will be resigning his post effective Nov. 30.

Smith informed town board members individually on Sept, 25 to allow them time to consider transition options before formally discussing it at the regularly scheduled Oct. 13 board meeting.

“Although we have been able to successfully accomplish a lot of our projects and goals this year, we still have a fairly hefty agenda to go. Giving sincere consideration to the remaining deadlines of some of our major projects and initiatives, I feel confident that this extended notice should allow enough time to complete those pressing items, keep all key projects moving forward and allow for a smooth and orderly transition period,” Smith said in a statement.

Mayor Jody Everhart said that Smith’s dedication, leadership and management abilities have been greatly appreciated by each of the different boards of aldermen under which Smith has served.

“You’re always going to have different personalities and points of view on a town board. Larry has always tried to respect the politics, help us determine consensus on the direction that the board wants to go and then accomplish a list of goals that has sometimes been overly ambitious. I don’t think a lot of people realize how much extra personal time and effort Larry put into this job,” Everhart said.

After completing his undergraduate degree at N.C. State University, Smith joined the United States Marine Corps. He received his honorable discharge from reserve status in January of 2000.

Spencer Police Chief Mike James recalled Smith’s reference to the principles of “mission accomplishment and troop welfare” as encouragement to the management team on several occasions when workload was particularly heavy.

“Accomplishing the goal was going to happen, but he always makes sure we keep our employees’ welfare in mind as well,” James said. “If we didn’t have the resources, he’d either find them, do it himself, or come up with an alternate solution.”

He added that Smith has always supported staff and been careful not to micromanage the departments, encouraging department heads to find the best solutions based on their expertise.

“It has truly been an honor to serve the Town of Spencer these past 15 and a half years,” Smith said in the statement. “I am very grateful for the immense support I have received from the respective boards of aldermen, citizens and employees during my time here. We’ve accomplished some amazing things, some of which are still the model and envy of many of our professional peers.”

Everhart said Smith leaves behind quite a legacy.

“He worked hard with Davidson County’s Tourism Director William Deal to help develop plans to tie Spencer and Rowan County in with the Wil-Cox Bridge development, which will be a huge impact to our economy and tourism opportunities. He helped bring the Carolina Thread Trail back to life in Rowan County and got us the DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian planning grant as strategies to boost the economy and enhance quality of life for our residents. He got us into the Small Town Main Street Program, and our downtown did more than a million dollars in improvements last year. He’s continued to partner with the LandTrust and has helped develop our Stanback Forest, ‘Spencer Woods,’ project well beyond our expectations. Plus, he’s continued helping us develop residential and housing strategies to continue improving our neighborhoods. And that’s just a few things I can think of off hand.”

Smith says he is proud to be leaving the town in excellent financial shape, with efficient operations, and capable staff who “know the town intimately and are well trained to help keep operations flowing smoothly during the transition.”

Smith said that the board’s leadership and the strategic plans the town has developed will help to continue ensuring Spencer’s success and sound fiscal management well into the future.

The Board of Aldermen will formally discuss how it wishes to proceed with the transition process at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 13.

Everhart said the board will publicly announce any details of the hiring process for a new town manager as the details are decided.

Comments

Local

City approves DOT agreement, Salisbury Station project could begin next year

Local

County plans to use vulture effigy, enforce violations to remedy animal carcass feeding problem

Education

Two weeks after ending enhanced protocols, Catawba has no COVID-19 cases

News

Council to hear revised version of Downtown Main Street Plan

News

Political Notebook: Majority of likely voters, local legislators support school reopening bill

Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccinations in Rowan top positives since start of pandemic

Crime

Man faces drug charges after breaking and entering call

Lifestyle

Waterworks schedules 2021 Summer ARTventures

Crime

Blotter: Man faces drug charges after being found passed out in vehicle

Ask Us

Ask Us: What programs exist for litter cleanup?

Business

County begins accepting restaurant grant applications

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with nine more felony sex offenses

Nation/World

Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Nation/World

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

Nation/World

Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

Nation/World

Trump calls for GOP unity, repeats lies about election loss

Education

Rowan County administers 700 vaccines, with majority going to local educators

Crime

Shoplifting at Walmart presents challenge for Salisbury police

Local

Commissioners will hear details about changes to solar energy policies

Business

After overcoming obstacles, local barber Daniel King earns registered status

Lifestyle

39th annual K12 student exhibitions go virtual

Business

Biz Roundup: Chamber of Commerce to host ‘Salute to Agri-Business’ at March Power in Partnership

Local

Local legislators back bills ranging from new restrictions on sex offenders to Holocaust education

News

After surviving COVID-19 scare, Lois Willard set to celebrate 100th birthday