Beaufort commissioners appoint Terwilliger to board, hire Clark as next town manager

TERWILLIGER, CLARK

BEAUFORT —  In a double-header of action items Monday night, the Beaufort Board of Commissioners appointed a new commissioner and hired the next town manager.

During a work session Monday held via Zoom, the board unanimously appointed Bob Terwilliger, the third-highest vote-getter in the Nov. 2 municipal election, to the commission seat vacated by Mayor-elect Sharon Harker, who will move to the top elected spot.

“I’m really happy they did (appoint me), I’m happy to serve,” Mr. Terwilliger told the News-Times Tuesday.

Ms. Harker submitted her letter of resignation as a commissioner to Mayor Rett Newton as part of Monday’s meeting in preparation to take her next oath of office. Mr. Terwilliger, who serves as chairperson of the Beaufort Historic Preservation Commission and vice chairperson of the board of adjustment, will join Ms. Harker and commissioners-elect Melvin Cooper and Bucky Oliver in being sworn in Monday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. in a special gathering at the town’s fire department on Live Oak Street.

In a brief interview, Mr. Terwilliger said he plans to resign from both volunteer boards to “let others step in,” but is proud of his work on the panels, which he felt was “good preparation” for his role as commissioner.

His past experience includes work in telecommunications with AT&T, and the soon-to-be board member noted he’s looking forward to addressing longstanding infrastructure improvements to include stormwater, sewer, water, roads and more.

“We also need a comprehensive plan going forward of how we’re going to maintain (it), so we’re not in this same position again,” Mr. Terwilliger said.

He will serve out the remainder of Ms. Harker’s term, running through 2023.

Mr. Terwilliger, who retired to Beaufort in 2017, said he loves the town and looks forward to giving back.

Following regular business Monday, the commission convened a closed session, ultimately returning to open session to hire the next town manager, Todd Clark.

Mr. Clark has served as city manager of Newton since 2007, according to a release from the town. He will replace John Day, who will retire at the end of the year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Todd Clark and his family to Beaufort,” Mr. Newton said in the release. “He has extensive experience as a town manager, strong leadership skills, and a track record of success. With Todd at the helm of our extraordinary Town staff, the future of Beaufort is very bright!”

Mr. Clark’s previous experience includes work as a municipal government planner in Boone and as town manager for the municipalities of Catawba and Maiden. He serves on the ElectriCities of North Carolina Board of Directors and holds a bachelor’s degree in community planning and a master’s of public administration from Appalachian State University.

Mr. Clark could not be immediately reached for comment.

 

Note: This report was updated to a full story at 3:43 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. 

 

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 225; email jackie@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

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