Ross Overby appointed, Patton gets town administrator job
Despite the wintry conditions, members of the Marvin Village Council met and appointed a new council member to fill one vacancy Tuesday, Jan. 11, but by the end of the evening, they had created another.
In a unanimous vote, the council appointed Ross Overby to fill the remaining term of the seat vacated by Nick Dispenziere, who was appointed mayor on Dec. 13. Overby, 53, a Marvin resident since 2003, was one of four citizens who applied for the open position. An environmental engineer-consultant, he is married with two children.
Overby’s name may be familiar. He ran for the North Carolina’s District 9 congressional seat in the 2008 Democrat Primary, coming in second with 47 percent of the ballots cast. Immediately following the council vote,. Overby took the oath of office and his seat at the council table.
“I’m very happy and honored by the confidence shown in me by the council,” Overby said. “I see it as my duty to help the Marvin community move forward.”
Overby’s remaining term expires in November, and he announced he intends to run for council in the fall election.
Overby’s first official vote concerned a conceptual greenway through the Meadowlark subdivision. Earlier in public comments, resident Randy Baker read a letter from George Killian, the Meadowlark Homeowners Association president, citing a single entrance, private roads and the nature of the subdivision. The association asked the council to remove their community from the Parks, Recreation & Greenways Master Plan.
Councilmember Anthony Burman made the motion to remove the map reference for the Meadowlark subdivision and it carried unanimously.
In an unusual turn of events, the last item on the agenda, a closed session, resulted in the creation of yet another councilmember vacancy. In moving to fill the empty town administrator position, the council offered the job to Council member Terri Patton.
Fern Shubert is serving as interim, and Patton was one of 30 candidates to apply for the position.
“Ms. Patton, you share our vision. You share the goals. You helped us make the goals of where we’re at,” Mayor Pro Tem Ron Salimao said. “You (have) experience at the state level, at the county level and also at the local level, not just with staffs, but with council people and mayors. We are looking forward to that experience in helping make this village better and moving forward.”
After the meeting, Patton accepted the position and began her new job Thursday, Jan. 13. According to village policy, she must resign her position on the council before going to work for the town, a rule she was instrumental in approving in years past.
Patton was appointed to the seat vacated by Lanny Openshaw in 2006 and elected in 2007. Her term would have expired in November.
The Village will again advertise the vacancy and begin the process all over again.