Bill Zell

Bill Zell

Mt. Gilead continues its search for a new town manager following the resignation of former town manager Matt Christian, who left in late summer. Since that time, two individuals who have applied and were offered the job ended up changing their mind. During this same period, Larry Kirby served as interim manager for a short period of time before recently stepping down; however, late last week the board announced they have hired another interim manager while they continue to search for a full-time manager.

The new interim is Bill Zell, a Moore County resident who previously served as the town manager of Aberdeen in Moore County. Zell retired in 2016 after 13 years as the town manager of Aberdeen. He recently served as Hamlet interim manager. Zell began yesterday and will be working 2-3 days each week.

According to Mayor Chip Miller, the board is currently discussing a path going forward. He noted that the board is currently accepting applications for the position through the end of October.  An interview team will review all applications, narrow them down, and begin conducting interviews after October 24. Then, they will bring in the top three applicants to be interviewed by the board. Miller said that their goal is to complete the process and hire a new town manager as soon as possible.

For the full story, see the October 14 issue of the Montgomery Herald.