Canton board seeks input in town manager search

By DeeAnna Haney | Jan 10, 2014

As the new board of aldermen in Canton begins their search for a new town manager, they are seeking input from town residents.

The board is hosting a public forum at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Colonial Theatre in hopes of hearing what the people of Canton wish to see in a town manager.

"I greatly encourage all of our Canton citizens to join us at the public forum," said Mayor Mike Ray. "It is important to me and all of our board of aldermen to be able to personally listen to all comments, concerns and suggestions regarding the selection of our town manager. When faced with making this important decision, I greatly value the input of our citizens of our town and the community."

The board recently appointed Jason Burrell, who has worked as assistant town manager, as interim town manager until they reach a decision on who will fill the full-time position. There are currently about 60 applications to sift through, some of which were submitted a year ago when the outgoing Town Manager Al Matthews first announced his retirement.

The board has already scheduled a special-called meeting, which will be conducted in closed session, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Town Hall to discuss the public forum comments.