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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  • by who cares Location: farmville on Dec 15, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    the electric dept has nothing to do with the rates at all!
  • by Alan Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:06 AM
    Most towns and cities operate much the same as they are controlled by a small group. The smaller the town the more it stands out. It will undoubtedly always be that way.
  • by DIXIECHICK Location: ENC on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:42 AM
    If Mr. Smith knew the timeline to move and did not do it, that's his fault. I know that the economy is bad and it's hard to sell a house, but there are other ways around it. He could have rented his house on a rent to own situation. Also, if Farmville wanted someone that could stick around longer than Mr. Smith was planning on, they should have hired someone younger. It's like planning on getting a divorce before you even get married.
  • by Happy To Live in Farmville Location: Farmville on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:00 AM
    Please pray for our town as we go through these changes in leadership. I absolutely LOVE living in Farmville! I am a small business owner here and would not want to put my business anywhere else. I am just praying for the next person hired for this position! And to "Sick of Farmville," if you don't like it here, please consider moving elsewhere. The happy residents do not need anybody else putting the town down!
  • by Sick of Farmville on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    The ridicilous electric bills and the sorry excuses you here from them. They are just another joke in Farmville!
  • by just asking Location: farmville on Dec 14, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    what has the electric dept done wrong
  • by who cares Location: greenville on Dec 14, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    why would u want to get rid of the electric dept
  • by Sick of Farmville Location: Farmville on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:51 PM
    Good, now if we could get rid of some of the rest of the crowd at Farmville Town Hall, we could maybe have a nice town. The electric dept should be next! This town is in dire need of change!
  • by City Employee Location: Washington on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    I had NO problems with Mr. Smith, he was a great manager. Some people just did not like him b/c he did not play the game that had been ongoing for many many years.
  • by City Lineman Location: Washington on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    Sorry to hear about this again. I don't know what everyones problem is. Mr Smith was a fair man when he was in Washington and was very employee friendly. I can't believe that the man could do wrong by anyone. If you feel you were done wrong then your probably just like a lot of people and unable to accept responsibility for your own actions. Mr smith was a great asset to washington and could have gotten us on the right track but the council here tried to micro manage and would not accept the recommendations from him to get the city in line agaiin. I feel we have a very capable manager now but Mr smith was also a very capable man. Good luck Mr Smith,your a valuble asset to anyone you work for.
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