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Davis named assistant town manager

The Town of Farmville has named C. Scott Davis, the former director of planning and community development for the City of Colonial Heights, as its assistant town manager.

C. Scott Davis

According to a town press release, Davis, who obtained his doctorate, has a resumé heavy “in local government experience at various levels and an educational background rich in policy and public administration.”

According to the release, from 2009-15 he served as mayor of Colonial Heights after having served as a councilman for six years. He has held various positions at Richard Bland College of William & Mary, including director of advancement and alumni relations and chief of police.

“We are excited to have someone as qualified and of such a high caliber as Scott in this position,” said Town Manager Gerald Spates. “He will bring a new perspective to our work. The Town of Farmville is thriving with many current projects in development, and Scott will be helping with the increasing responsibilities in our office.”

Davis will make $98,838 annually, according to town spokeswoman Kate Pickett Eggleston. An earlier-issued public notice cited the hiring range for the position as between $90,680-$94,000.

Duties of the newly-created position include directing and overseeing assigned departments or other town functions; planning, directing, supervising and participating in the general budgetary and accounting functions of the town; 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.

The announcement to advertise the position came May 10 during council’s regularly scheduled meeting.

“The Town of Farmville and the City of Colonial Heights have many similarities,” Davis said in the release. “Both communities strive to provide excellent service while keeping a small-town feel. I am looking forward to beginning in this new position and being a part of this wonderful community.”

Davis earned his Doctor of Law and Policy degree from Northeastern University. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he currently serves as an adjunct instructor.

“The Town of Farmville received over 75 applications and interviewed eight candidates for the newly-created position of assistant town manager,” officials said in the press release. “Dr. Davis will start in the position at the beginning of October. He will be residing in Farmville with his family, including his wife, Suzanne, and their two children.”