ROSEBORO — Following four months of vacancy, the position of town clerk and finance officer has now officially been filled.
Commissioners for the town voted Tuesday night to hire Bruce Creech as the new town clerk and finance officer. This position was left vacant earlier this year when Tony Blalock resigned due to other professional opportunities.
Creech officially took his position Wednesday morning. The new town clerk comes to Roseboro with decades of experience working with business finance and accounting. Originally from Duplin County, Creech has worked in Sampson County, most recently the community college, for many years.
“This is definitely going to be different from what I was doing when I was teaching,” Bruce said Wednesday morning, just hours after he began his first day on the job. “I am looking forward to the opportunity that I have been given to work with the town.”
According to mayor Alice Butler, many applications for the position were received, but Creech’s experience in the business world made him the best candidate for the position.
“We are very pleased that Bruce Creech accepted the town clerk/finance officer position,” Butler said following Tuesday night’s vote. “We have been searching for the right person since March 1. Mr. Creech’s business and accounting background will be a great asset for Roseboro. I welcome our citizens to come by town hall and meet him.”
Creech received his associate’s degree in religion and church music from Emmanuel College and later earned his bachelor of arts degree in business marketing from the University of Phoenix and later his master’s in business administration from the same university, with a concentration in accounting. For the last eight years, Creech taught accounting at Sampson Community College.
“My background and knowledge of the business industry suited me for this job,” Creech said. “Accepting this position is a challenge for me to learn about government accounting.”
As a member of the Sampson Community Theatre board, Creech has extensive knowledge and experience in theatre and singing. In his spare time, the new clerk says he enjoys being a self-taught silversmith and making jewelry.
Duties for the town clerk include taking minutes for the town at meetings, overseeing utilities, working with grants and grant applications for the town, working with the various program associated with the town and upholding the town’s ordinances.
Blalock was hired by the town in April 2015 and resigned after the February 2017 meeting, leaving to pursue other professional opportunities.
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