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Cary names interim town manager

Posted October 15, 2008
Updated October 17, 2008

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— Assistant Town Manager Ben Shivar was named Friday to serve as interim town manager while officials conduct a national search for retiring Town Manager Bill Coleman.

Coleman retired Friday after 30 years in local government take a job at software developer SAS Institute.

In recognition for his 20 years of work in Cary – six as assistant town manager and the last 14 as town manager – the Town Council decided to name the main field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary the William B. Coleman Jr. Field.

The council also awarded Coleman the Order of the Longleaf Pine, the state's highest civilian award.

“It’s not often that I’m speechless, but I’m close," Coleman said. "Thank you for the opportunity to play a small role in the success of this community.”

A native of Red Springs, Coleman served as town manager in Pittsboro and Southern Pines and as Chatham County manager before moving to Cary in 1988. At SAS, the world's largest privately held software company, he will work with on software solutions for use by governments.

Officials said the search for Coleman's successor will likely take several months.

Shivar, 56, has worked in local government for more than 32 years, including 13 as Cary's assistant town manager. He previously served as Chatham County manager and town manager in Siler City.


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  • yellow_hat Oct 17, 2008

    And now - the payback begins. A "job" at SAS. Perhaps Goodnight should just outright purchase the town, save all the hassle of trying to hide it.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Oct 17, 2008

    I'm disappointed that the Town Council voted to name the main field at the USA Baseball Training Center after this man. I congratulate him for 20 years of service to the town, but there are others who have served who are equally deserving or even more deserving. The Council failed their employees and their citizens with this decision.

  • Beachnut Oct 17, 2008

    As a Cary taxpayer, I'm glad the town will go outside its own ranks to find a new manager. All govt. bureacracys become complacent and self-protective over time. It will take an outsider to rejuvenate their focus, work ethic, and sense of urgency. This is particularly important now that tax revenue growth is falling.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Oct 16, 2008

    Why can't Cary promote somebody from within its own ranks, I wonder? Why pay all that money for a consultant/national search? Surely they have capable employees that should be promoted from within...

  • Subdivisions Oct 16, 2008

    He can develop some new software that shuts off every neon sign and turns every building the same color.

  • speedy Oct 16, 2008

    Hasn't he been working for SAS all along?