Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus has been named interim city manager effective April 1.
Havelock’s long-time city manager Jim Freeman recently announced his retirement effective March 31. Cyrus will take charge the following day.
Havelock Police Capt. David Bratton will step up as acting police chief while Cyrus is acting city manager, but the arrangement is only temporary, city leaders said.
In accordance with state law, Freeman will take a complete separation of duties in Havelock for 30 days but will then return on a temporary basis.
"What we’re going to do is Jim will be retiring, but we will be hiring him back as interim manager probably," Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders said. "The effective date is not certain."
Cyrus, 57, has been Havelock’s chief of police for six years. A former Marine, Cyrus earlier worked for the police department in Lynchburg, Va., from 1977 until retiring in 2005.
Cyrus said he was surprised to be asked to step into the position.
Bratton, 60, has been with the city since 1983.He has acted as the lead officer for the police department at times when Cyrus was out of town or on vacation. When Freeman comes back as interim city manager, Cyrus and Bratton will go back to their original duties. Freeman will be helping with the budget and with the choice of a new permanent city manager when he returns.