Pittsboro hires Jonathan Franklin as permanent town manager

Town Engineer Kent Jackson will serve as interim until Franklin's first day


PITTSBORO — The board of commissioners voted unanimously to hire Jonathan Franklin as Pittsboro's new town manager on Tuesday evening after recessing Monday night's closed session. He will begin his tenure with the town on May 1. 

“Mr. Franklin has served the communities of Newton, Louisburg and Maysville with distinction and brings those experiences and talent to us," Mayor Cindy Perry said. "His expertise with utility infrastructure is key to our future.”

Franklin's appointment comes after seven months of searching for a full-time manager after Chris Kennedy resigned from the position back in August. Franklin currently works as the city manager for Newton, North Carolina and has since last May. He previously served as the town administrator for Louisburg, North Carolina from 2015 until his tenure in Newton.

“The Board and I welcome him, his family, and his keen interest in helping Pittsboro address growth," Perry said. "We have a shared vision to remain a vibrant and welcoming community.”

Commissioners appointed Kent Jackson to serve as the interim town manager on Tuesday, effective immediately, until Franklin's first day in May. Jackson currently serves as Pittsboro's town engineer and will resume his role once Franklin comes aboard. 

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