ROSEBORO — Following last month’s town meeting, clerk Tony Blalock offered his resignation to the board to fulfill job opportunities with the state.
According to Roseboro mayor Alice Butler, Blalock’s last day in the office was Tuesday. Blalock has accepted a position with the State Treasurer’s Office in Raleigh, which is closer to his home in Johnston County. The resignation came Feb. 15.
“We are all very sorry to see him go,” Butler said. “He was a true blessing for our town. The employees, board and our citizens all enjoyed working with him.”
Tammy Faircloth and Annette Jackson will be sworn in at 12:30 p.m. Thursday as interim town clerk and interim finance officer, respectively.
According to Blalock’s resignation letter, he enjoyed his time working with the town, embracing the responsibilities and customers.
“I appreciate the difficult job that you do as the elected leaders of Roseboro and my greatest regret is that I leave without having accomplished several of my objectives,” Blalock stated in his letter.
Commissioners voted to hire Blalock in April of 2015, at a salary of $42,400. He came into the town with over 33 years of experience working with the North Carolina Municipalities Council in Raleigh, but closed in December 2014.
“I liked being in a small environment,” Blalock shared during an interview when he was hired. “I have passed through Roseboro many times traveling to White Lake and Myrtle Beach and I thought working in this area would be interesting.”
Butler, who was mayor pro tem at the time, made the recommendation to hire Blalock as the new town clerk. He had a great deal of experience working for a not-for-profit corporation, assisting banks, asset managers and investment banks in evaluating credit quality for their underwriting, lending activities with local governments in North Carolina and South Carolina.
“Tony has been invaluable to our town,” Butler said about the resignation. “He has worked tirelessly to make sure our finances were right as well as running the town with its day to day business. We all, employees, board and citizens, enjoyed working with him. I am happy for Tony and his family, but sad for us.”
As stated in his letter, Blalock was not seeking other employment, but was contacted by the treasurer’s office about the position, considering his previous work with the Carolinas MAC.
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