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Cary names interim town manager

Posted October 15, 2008 4:04 p.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2008 10:19 a.m. EDT

— 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.