STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - If you live in Statesboro, you will have a new city manager in the near future.
Current City Manager Randy Wetmore is set to retire this summer.
One council member we spoke with said he and other city leaders took several factors into account when naming Charles Penny as their sole finalist - the biggest one being experience.
Penny served 23 years with the City of Rocky Mount, NC, before he retired in 2017. He has 35 years of experience total. City Councilman Phil Boyum says they combed through 50 candidates brought to them by a search firm, and narrowed the list from there. He says the mayor and council approached their search wanting someone who’d managed a large staff and overseen the local government of a growing community.
“Hopefully somebody - if we went with someone outside who’d worked in a city slightly larger than Statesboro because we’re experiencing growth - we wanted somebody who could manage that,” Boyum said.
That growth includes the Creek on the Blue Mile, the Tormenta Stadium development, and more. Boyum said he feels Penny will be able to come into City Hall and compliment and lead an already-exceptional staff.
We’ll let you know when his hiring becomes official.