During his three years as an employee of Yanceyville, Haynes Brigman served many roles: town manager, town clerk, zoning administrator and planning director.The versatility he developed in that community of 2,500 will serve him well as town administrator in Pineville, officials and staff said recently.“Having served in so many different departments, it’s going to allow me to relate better to different departments as well as citizens and stakeholders,” said Brigman.Brigman starts Nov. 27 in Pineville and will be paid $80,000 annually. He earned $68,000 a year in his current job; his last day in Yanceyville, northeast of Greensboro, will be Nov. 22.Brigman will oversee 88 employees and report to the Town Council.Pineville Councilwoman Melissa Rogers Davis, who served on the interview committee, said she was impressed by Brigman’s energy and commitment.“He was quick to answer all questions without hesitation,” she said. “He is young, energetic and well-rounded. He is a hands-on administrator.”Brigman, 31, will serve during a critical time for Pineville. The community has been without a full-time administrator since July 2012.In July, experienced municipal employee Ed Humphries started working part-time as interim town administrator. The Council of Governments recommended Humphries, who has spent decades working in municipal government. Since 1991, Humphries has served in various municipal functions, including mayor and town manager of Huntersville and town manager in Harrisburg, Stanley, Indian Trail and Bessemer City.Humpries said he likely will stay for a few weeks after Brigman starts to help Brigman adjust to the new role. But he added that “there’s a line there: You can either be of help to him or you can get in his way.”“As you start a new job, you need help getting started, but to really learn a new job, you need to delve into it and really be on your own,” said Humphries. “And I think he’ll do just fine with that.”Brigman said he’s eager to start working in Pineville and establish standards among staff, public officials and residents.“There has been a lack of leadership as far as the town administrator not being there for a long period of time,” said Brigman. “I give the Town Council a lot of credit for what they’ve been able to do without an administrator, but I’m looking forward to setting the tone for employees and the public.”Brigman received his undergraduate degree in political science from Appalachian State University in 2005. He later returned for a master’s degree in public administration in 2010.Brigman said that when he saw Pineville’s job listing on the North Carolina League of Municipalities website, he couldn’t pass it up. He already had an affinity for the Charlotte area after working as an apartment leasing agent for three years in northeast Charlotte between earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees.“I thought it was a great opportunity and a great location,” he said. “I feel like Pineville has a lot of potential for future growth and a lot of strong opportunities existing there already.”Brigman said some of his priorities will be to increase customer service between the town and residents, as well as to help revitalize the downtown area.Kristy Detwiler, director for Pineville Parks and Recreation, said town employees are eager to meet Brigman.“My department is excited to have Haynes join the Pineville team,” she said. “I am open and eager for new leadership and feel confident that his qualities are a good fit for Pineville.”Humphries also said Brigman would complement the town.“I see him bringing a lot of excitement and new ideas,” he said. “I think that’s going to be fun for the employees who haven’t had an administrator for some time. I think they’re looking forward to having someone.”
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
New official will start Nov. 27
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