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New job in works for Port Royal

The town of Port Royal is serious about changing and growing.

So serious, in fact, that the town council this week approved hiring a town manager. The town manager would be part-time and make about $600 a month.

With the change, the town manager will have the authority to conduct town business, and the mayor will be more the head of government, said Vice Mayor Bill Wick.

“We are very actively trying to improve the town in many ways,” Wick said.

There’s already a part-time town clerk, and she would continue in her position.

In consultation with the town council, the town manager will select and appoint all town employees. Also, the town manager will oversee all the town employees, review their work and share those reviews with members of the town council.

The new town manager also will be in charge of investigating and resolving citizen complaints, or, when appropriate, referring such matters to the mayor or the town council for resolution.

Other duties include preparing the annual budget and keeping the town council informed about Port Royal’s financial health, as well as seeking out new funding sources such as private grants and federal and state funding.

Port Royal will grow by several hundred acres on July 1, when a boundary line adjustment between the town and Caroline County takes effect.

The adjustment will bring in roughly $60,000 more in revenue to the town.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413