Ayden's town manager will be heading west after the first of the year for a new job.
Fuquay-Varina confirms that Adam Mitchell has been hired as the Wake County town's top administrator.
Mitchell began in Ayden in 2002 at finance director, and was promoted to town manager a year later.
He will replace Jon Barlow, who resigned in July, and the ECU graduate will start his new job January 6th. In population, Fuquay-Varina is about four times larger than Ayden.
His last day in Ayden will be December 24th.
No word yet from Ayden on their replacement process for a new town manager.