Rather than have a town manager serving also as full-time finance director, the town of Elkin could be seeing changes in the allocation of duties for those two positions in the coming months.
Since taking on the role of town manager four months ago, John Holcomb has been working dual positions for the town, remaining in his job as finance director which he held previous to being named manager. But looking to the future, he said this may change.
In addition to serving as town manager and finance director for the town, Holcomb also has held the role of treasurer for the Elkin Tourism Development Authority and secretary/treasurer of the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority, which he has been doing in a nonpaying capacity for the past 10 years.
“In the next month or two, I will decide if we are going to hire [a finance director] or fill the position from within,” said Holcomb. “I’ve got ideas and I’m meeting with my staff to see how we might rearrange positions and chop that into two to three mini-jobs and spread the duties out.”
He said he very confident in the staff he has, but “the decision will based on my staff and what they might be willing to do. They are smart and I want to get their input on what we want to do,” Holcomb said.
With the long list of responsibilities Holcomb has, between his two town roles, the TDA and the sewer authority, he said, “It is impossible to do two jobs and be secretary/treasurer of the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority. I can’t do what I’m doing now being full-time finance director and full-time town manager. If anything I would give up my role of doing secretary/treasurer because that organization is mature now.”
In serving as both town manager and finance director, Holcomb said he’s been saving the town about $8,000 a month with benefits.
“There will be parts I maintain,” he said of the finance director role, “the parts pertaining to the budget and a large chunk of the audit. Thirty to 40 percent I will keep under my current role, and delegate 60 percent or so.
“I’ve done it so long some if it is just second nature,” Holcomb said.
“Even though we are a small town, we’ve got a lot going on. I’m not getting any younger either, but I still want to do a lot for the town. I’ve got a lot of gas in the tank,” he said.
Wend Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.