The newly named Greenville city manager is on her first official day at city hall.
Barbara Lipscomb replaces Wayne Bowers who retired at the end of February.
Prior to coming to Greenville, Bowers was city manager in Gainesville, Florida and Lipscomb was his assistant city manager.
Her last job was in Casselberry, Florida as their city manager, where she was fired.
One of her first priorities in Greenville will be to fill the vacant police chief position. "I think what I need to do is put together a good profile of what we're looking for someone with experience in university towns, someone with experience with gangs, maybe someone with experience in downtown area -- or communities similar to Greenville," the new city manager told WITN.
Lipscomb also has to replace the city's public works director.
On her first morning, the new city manager spent much of it in meetings to get acquainted with city staff.
After a nationwide search Greenville has a new city manager.
Barbara Lipscomb was hired after a unanimous vote during a 4:00 p.m. city council meeting.
Lipscomb comes from Casselberry, Florida where she was city manager for five years until leaving in January. Prior to that she was interim city manager in Gainesville, Florida.
In a January 24th article, the Orlando Sentinel reported Lipscomb was fired as city manager by the Casselberry City Commission who wanted someone to focus on economic development. Casselberry is a city of 26,000 people and is 13 miles north of Orlando.
Of her firing, Lipscomb told us, "A lot of times managers can't produce the things they could have produced in strong economic times, so there has been quite a bit of turnover. I believe that I am a good fit for Greenville, I think the commission thinks so, which is why they gave me the unanimous vote. And I think that speaks for itself."
She replaces Wayne Bowers who retired at the end of February. Prior to coming to Greenville, Bowers was city manager in Gainesville and Lipscomb was his assistant city manager.
Lipscomb received her masters degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
She will make $160,000 a year and her first day will be August 13th. One of her first priorities in Greenville will be to fill the vacant police chief and public works director positions.
We will find out this week who will be the new city manager in Greenville.
The former city manager, Wayne Bowers, retired in February, around the same time the public works director and the police chief left. The city has not been able to fill those two department heads until getting a new city manager in place.
The decision is scheduled to be announced Tuesday at 4 p.m..