City got new mayor and manager in 2013

Published: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 02:55 PM.
“I want to believe when I walk out of here that I did my job bringing you to this point,” Freeman told officials during a retirement ceremony. “But it’s time for somebody else to take the wheel. … I think with the new leadership you have coming aboard, it’s going to take this community a little further along. Frank’s coming aboard, and he’s a great addition to this community. He has the ability to do it and he’s got good people around him to help make those decisions.”
Sanders called the hiring of Bottorff the equivalent of hitting a home run.
“I have nothing but respect and admiration for Frank Bottorff,” he said. “I first came to know him when he was the station commanding officer. He’s one the best ones that we’ve ever had. He’s a fine family man and he’s a gentleman. He’s smart and he’s going to be a great city manager, really keeping the run going.
“We’ve have had great city managers over and over and over again. It doesn’t happen by accident. We put a lot of work into making sure we hire the right person, and I have no doubt that Frank Bottorff was the best man for the job and I’m just anxious the see him come unto his own and get his feet under him and take it on.”
Meanwhile, Marshall began her job as the new city planner on Jan. 28, replacing Scott Chase. She was the former planner for Carteret County, with experience working with the military. And she immediately assumed a leadership position with the Slocum Creek recreation park project.
Freeman said he had confidence in the new city leadership for 2014 and beyond.
“One thing I really love about this community is that the elected officials that you have is that they work as a group,” said Freeman. “They always put Havelock first on their agenda. You might see some different discussions on things, but when it came down to it, you’ve had great boards and you still have a great board.”

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