GARLAND — In a few months, town leaders will sever ties with a public works management service and they’re looking for someone take the lead.
During a Tuesday night meeting, town officials discussed making the public aware about the need for a public work director. Garland’s contract with Envirolink is set to end April 1. The business specializes in the management of water, wastewater and public work services for customers throughout North Carolina. Garland contracted with Bailey-based management company for five years.
“We just felt that a person that was full time here would work better for us and do more things,” said Garland Mayor Winifred Murphy.
According to the notice, the selected individual would be responsible for performing administrative, technical, and supervisory work in planning and directing the activities of the various water and sewer utilities including the distribution and collection systems, wastewater treatment plant and the Garland Water Treatment Plant.
“We need someone who will be here on a full-time basis,” Murphy said. “We’re hoping to find someone that can be the director of the program and supervise our public works staff, as well as have the necessary certifications.”
Commissioners discussed several ways to get applicants for the positions. Micheal Porter, town attorney, also made a suggestion to use the North Carolina League of Municipalities to gain applicants for a statewide reach, if needed. While talking about different ways to get the notice out, Commissioner Ralph Smith stressed the importance of attracting nearby applicants.
“If you do it on a local basis, you’re going to be looking at a better criteria of people to look at because they live in your area,” Smith said. “When you start doing statewide, you’re looking at people who are going have to relocate here.”
Following a vote, a decision was made to publish the advertisement in local media outlets. The notice required qualified applicants to complete a form with a resume and cover letter to the Town of Garland, PO Box 207, Garland, NC 28441. Soon, applications will also be available at www.townofgarlandnc.com.