WAXHAW – The recently appointed interim town manager for Waxhaw may not be aiming for the full-time manager position, but he is prepared to fill the previous manager’s shoes the best he can.
The Waxhaw Board of Commissioners recently announced the current director of planning and community development, Greg Mahar, as the town’s interim town manager. He will remain in his current position and take on the responsibilities of the town manager, which includes a $1,000 per week pay increase, until the board finds someone to fill the full-time position.
“I have full confidence that Greg Mahar is the best choice that we had before us,” Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner said following the town’s announcement. “Certainly one that I think we will find is the best choice that we could have come up with as we move forward with the next stage of transition for the community.”
Mahar has been with the town for eight years, first working as the director of engineering and eventually moving into his current position. One of his main responsibilities with his recent promotion will be drafting a 2014-15 budget for the commissioners to discuss, and working with other department heads to ensure all projects continue to move forward smoothly, he said.
“I’m going to be relying a lot on the department heads to make sure all of the services are provided (to Waxhaw residents),” Mahar said. “Right now the focus is the budget; when that is over we will just go forward with implementing the instructions of the board.”
And when it comes to drafting the proposed budget, the new interim manager said the biggest challenge is going to be incorporating the increase of solid waste costs seen recently and discussing with the board what projects they would like to move forward with – like the new town hall. Commissioners haven’t directed Mahar to begin working on any new projects or initiatives as of yet, he added, but he will have to work with other department heads and catch up on their projects he wasn’t previously involved in.
“The biggest thing is just understanding where everyone is with their projects with the departments,” Mahar said. “Learning where they are in their processes and making sure I can help them in any way I can.”
Mahar has had a hand in drafting budgets in past years, working with Mike McLaurin for his department’s portion of the budget. He also will have assistance from Sean Poccia, previous commissioner and recently hired consultant for the town, when drafting the budget and forecasting for the coming years.
Although he is only in the interim position, Mahar does have the same authorities and responsibilities as a full-time manager, which includes the management of the entire town staff. He hopes to add a parks and recreation director, a new building inspector and an additional town planner if approved by town leaders.
Waxhaw could host a budget work session on Thursday, May 8, at the new Waxhaw Police Department community room, if needed, following a closed session at 5:30 p.m. The public hearing for the budget took place Tuesday, May 6, at the police department. The police department is located at 3620 Providence Road.