City got new mayor and manager in 2013

Published: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 02:55 PM.
“I don’t have a roll in it, but I don’t see a problem,” Sanders said. “It’s a good board and I know they have a great staff and I believe that we have a very energetic manager. The city will be fine.”
Incumbent Commissioner Jim Stuart was re-elected to a third term, but the city board got a new face in Commissioner Brenda Wilson, who garnered 518 votes, the most of any of the five commissioner candidates.
One of the first orders of business for the new board was to begin a working relationship with the newly hired city manager, Frank Bottorff.  Bottorff, the former commanding officer at Cherry Point, was sworn in a week after the election on Nov. 12. He replaces the retiring Jim Freeman, who had been city manager for the past seven years.
“Jim Freeman was an excellent city manager,” Sanders said. “He’s a great friend, and I thought he was going to be an excellent city manager when we hired him. 
“He did a great job. It was not always easy being the city manager. You have six elected officials that often have different ideas, and all of them are almost always passionate about their positions. I’m very, very pleased that Jim came to work for the city of Havelock seven years ago.”
Sanders said that next to setting taxes, hiring the city manager is the most important thing commissioners will do.
Freeman said the time had come for someone else to take the lead in running the city.

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