New Town Manager to begin Feb. 6
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017
New Town Manager to begin Feb. 6
BEAUFORT – Mayor Richard Stanley announced today, Jan. 3, that John Day of Gloucester has been offered the position of Beaufort Town Manager. Mr. Day is expected to begin Monday, Feb. 6.
“We are pleased to report the hiring of John Day as our new manager effective Feb. 6. John has served in both city and county positions since 1985, with his last position in county government being the manager of Cabarrus County, a large area with a population of nearly 200,000,” Mayor Stanley said.
“John has a strong background in both planning, finance and budget and we look forward to his assistance in managing the growth we are about to experience in a reasonable manner without destroying the characteristics and culture that has made Beaufort a wonderful place to reside, visit and own property,” he added. “He has a home in Gloucester, NC, and his family has strong ties to this area.”
Mr. Day comes to The Town Beaufort after having spent 25 years in city and county government.
Mr. Day began his career with the City of Lenoir in 1985 as the Human Resources Coordinator. The next year he became the Assistant Town Manager of Lenoir. He remained in that position until 1990, when he briefly joined the private sector. He returned to government in 1992 as the budget officer of Cabarrus County, where he climbed the ranks to become the county manager in 2003. He held the position through 2011, becoming a management consultant. He took time off starting June 2012 to travel across the country before doing volunteer work. He joined the staff of NC State University in 2013, when he became a project coordinator. Among his duties there was to work with the small-scale producers in the commercial fishing industry to find markets for their product. He is also on the board for NC Catch, which works in partnership with local Catch groups such as Carteret Catch. This nonprofit organization aims to strengthen the North Carolina seafood economy through promotion and education.
“This is a very exciting time for Beaufort, and I’m thrilled and honored to be selected by the town Board to serve them and the community as Town Manager, Mr. Day said.
“I’ve been coming to Beaufort for as long as I can remember, first to visit my grandparents and other relatives, then later as a tourist, so to be appointed town manager here is really a dream come true,” he explained. “The Town Board, manager and staff here have successfully worked together with the community to make the Town of Beaufort a truly wonderful place to live, work and visit. I greatly appreciate their efforts and very much look forward to becoming a part of the community.”
Current Town Manager Charles Burgess is retiring after more than 40 years of service. Before coming to Beaufort, Mr. Burgess spent the bulk of his career in the Hampton Roads area of Eastern Virginia.
“We are deeply appreciative of the fine job and excellent management our retiring manager, Charles Burgess, rendered. We wish him well in his retirement,” Mayor Stanley added.
A small reception will be held to honor Mr. Burgess at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, in the Train Depot, 614 Broad St., Beaufort, before the Board of Commissioners regular meeting at 6 p.m.