HAMLET — If all goes according to the agenda, the city council is expected to vote on — and officially appoint — a new city manager Tuesday during its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at city hall.
Late last month, Hamlet Mayor Bill Bayless said the city had offered the position to Jonathan Blanton, who accepted it, and that his first day on the job would be Jan. 9.
Outgoing City Manager Marcus Abernethy agreed to continue working with the city through Jan. 13 to ensure a smooth transition. In a letter dated Sept. 14, Abernethy tendered his resignation citing “a major promotional opportunity achieved by my spouse,” adding that the family will be relocating to another community.
After the council officially appoints Blanton, city clerk Tammy Kirkley will administer the oath of office to the new city manager.
This public meeting has several other action items on its agenda, including consideration of an electric vehicle charging station grant agreement with Duke Energy. David McNeil of Duke Energy and Whitney Schmidt of charging station retailer Chargepoint will make presentations and answer questions before the council votes on the agreement.
The council will adopt budget amendments and approve tax releases.
There will also be a mayoral proclamation recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Prior to the regular meeting, the council is holding a special called meeting at 4 p.m. to review the night’s agenda and discuss the planning of the mid-year budget work session.
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