The City of Kinston's search for a new city manager has come to an end.
Kinston has hired Tony Sears, 34, of Randleman as their new city manager. Sears has served as the city manager of Randleman for the past seven years.
Sears will replace Bill Ellis, who has been serving as interim city manager since Scott Stevens left to take the city manager position in Goldsboro.
Sears's first day on the job will be Nov. 2.