New finance officer hired in the middle of budget season
Terri Patton is out as village administrator for Marvin, after her resignation was announced at the town’s Monday, May 16, business meeting.
“The council decided to go in a different direction, and we mutually agreed to go our separate ways,” Patton said of her resignation. She started as village administrator in January after giving up her seat on the town council. She was one of 30 applicants to apply for the opening.
To date, including Patton, the town has experienced the turnover of seven employees since the council took office in 2009.
“I have always been a detail person,” Patton said. “I was looking to get back into the work force. I served as interim administrator after Mary Jo [Gollnitz] left and I realized that I had a knack for the job – it fit me.”
“I enjoyed the challenges,” Patton continued. “As a councilwoman I led the negotiations with the Efirds to buy the park. As administrator I negotiated the park loan with the bank and I have coordinated all the contracts for demolition and repairs to the park structures.
“I implemented the tax inquiry page to the village website that eliminated 60 percent of the phone calls coming into the office, a major increase in staff efficiency. I am proud of the positive change I helped bring to Marvin.”
Patton’s departure comes in the midst of the town’s budget session with a June 30 deadline looming. The town does not have anyone with administrator-level experience to draw upon to run daily operations.
The option of having a council member take on the administrator responsibilities is no longer available, as North Carolina General Statute 160A-158 states that neither the mayor or council members may serve or act as head or interim of a department for cities where the population exceeds 5,000. Marvin has almost 5,600 residents, according to the 2010 Census.
Meanwhile, John Philyaw has been hired as the town’s new finance officer, replacing the interim finance officer, Kim Rogers. Philyaw is a retired career finance director who worked in both Gaston and Pamlico counties.
Philyaw was one of three people considered for the part-time position.