March 31 to be last day at work for 61-year-old

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 05:36 PM.

"That’s really up to the elected officials," he said. "There’s a number of ways you can go about the process. The League (of Municipalities) can help them out. Consultants can help them out. They can do the process themselves."

He said that the city may look to have an interim city manager before the position is filled on a permanent basis.

Freeman’s departure coincides with staff work on the 2013-14 budget, but he said the process would not be affected, citing the work of Finance Director Lee Tillman.

"Thank God for Lee on that," he said. "She knows her stuff. We had actually moved the planning process of the budget up and did a lot of planning getting the departments started in December on their CIP (capitol improvement plan).We’re going to go through the process and move things up just a little bit faster."

Freeman’s announcement was not the only one involving city personnel on Monday night. Freeman announced that Katrina Marshall had accepted the position of planning director for the city and would start work Jan 28.

Marshall had served as Carteret County’s planning director from 1992 to 2010, and prior to that, worked in the Carteret County tax office for three years.

"She handled a lot of the enforcement planning building codes and things of that sort, which is a good background," Freeman said. "She knows the military. She knows some of the players in this region. She’s kind of a known quantity and she will help out the city in that regard. We won’t have a learning curve like we would have with somebody from the outside." 

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