Farmville Mayor: Town Manager's Contract Terminated

Farmville is in the hunt for a new town manager.

Mayor Bobby Evans says Jim Smith's contract was terminated Tuesday night after a unanimous vote by town commissioners. "The conditions of the contract and the existing circumstances made this the time to make a move to a more lasting managerial situation," Evans told WITN. Evans was careful to point out the decision of the town to part ways with Smith was "not controversial."

Evans says Smith did not live in Farmville, which his contract required of him. "He was given a year to move here, and he could not sell his house in Washington," Evans said. "Rather than just holding on, the board decided to just go ahead and make the change now so he can get on with his life, and we can take our next step forward."

Evans says Smith's contract would have kept him as town manager through 2012, but his plans beyond that were unclear.

Smith served as the city manager of Washington before working for Farmville. He resigned from Washington in October 2010 and was hired by Farmville one month later. His contract began in January 2011.

Mayor Evans says the town will begin the process of naming an interim town manager next week.

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