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Seal appointed for six-month term


The Farmville Town Council has unanimously agreed to a six-month term for Town Treasurer Carol Anne Seal.

The action came following a closed session held during the council’s July 12 meeting, where council members approved other annual appointments for 12-month terms, including the town manager, chief of police, clerk of council fire marshal and building official.

Every July, the council approves such appointments.

“Due to possible personnel changes in the treasurer’s office, Mrs. Seal’s term was extended to six months instead of the entire year,” said Town Manager Gerald Spates regarding the action.

According to the town, Seal has served as treasurer since July 2004. She became acting treasurer in June 2003 and has worked for the town since 1991.

Efforts to reach Seal were unsuccessful.

The action came under the town council meeting’s agenda heading of requesting approval of annual appointments.

The motion to enter closed session regarded “discussion of personnel matters involving the town treasurer as well as a town council member.”

Following the closed session, Ward C Councilman A.D. “Chuckie” Reid offered a motion to “accept the slate as presented” regarding the annual appointments. Ward A Councilmember Greg Cole offered a substitute motion to appoint Seal on a six-month term “to be reviewed at the end of that six-month term.”

The town is in the process of selecting an assistant town manager, a newly-created town position that would include supervising and participating in the general budgetary and accounting functions of the town; directing and overseeing assigned departments or other town functions; planning, directing; serving as the town’s zoning administrator, overseeing all aspects of planning and zoning in town; assisting the town manager in coordinating personnel and administrative policy matters to ensure compliance and maintain operational standards; attending council meetings and other committee meetings and public hearings; and assisting the town manager in his absence and serving as town manager in his absence.

Once selected, the assistant town manager could make up to $94,000 annually, according to a town-issued notice seeking applications for the new position.

The notice cites the hiring range for the position is between $90,680-$94,000.

The announcement to advertise the position, which is included in the town’s adopted fiscal year 2017-18 operating budget, came May 10 during council’s regularly scheduled meeting.