Greenville City Council postpones search for city manager

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Greenville won’t have a new city manager until after the holidays, city council decided Monday morning.

Mayor Knox White said the city has major announcements coming soon regarding affordable housing, transit, and neighborhood planning.

“We decided at the end of the day, we’d rather stay the course and continue where we are,” White said. “It’s very disruptive to have a new city manager come in.”

White said the city will ask Nancy Whitworth to stay on as interim city manager until the search is complete.

The search for a new city manager started after John Castile, Greenville’s city manager for eight years, announced he was stepping down in the spring. His last day was Aug. 31.

Jill Silverboard, deputy city manager in Clearwater, Florida, and Bryan C. Woods, assistant city manager in New Braunfels, Texas were the two finalists left for the position after Charlotte Assistant City Manager Debra Campbell withdrew her name from the running to take the city manager job in Asheville.

“We certainly had some fine candidates,” White said. “(But) in light of these priorities and others, we decided the best action was to stay the course, and we may resume the search process after the New Year.”

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