Elizabethtown adds assistant manager position; DeVane promoted


Chrysta Carroll - Bladen Journal



ELIZABETHTOWN — The Town of Elizabethtown is making some changes to its staff.

Last week, town council members were told of the promotion of Public Works Director Pat Devane to assistant town manager.

“Pat has been our public works director for nine years now, and he’s done an outstanding job,” Mayor Sylvia Campbell informed the board. “We’ve never had to worry about (financial matters), and we always knew he was looking out for us.

“(Councilman) Dicky Glenn made the point today that he’s been serving as assistant to (Town Manager) Eddie Madden, and now he has the official title to go with it. We certainly look for him for wisdom and knowledge he has … and there’s not much about the town he doesn’t know.”

The new assistant town manager deflected the praise.

“It’s an opportunity to work on some new projects for the town, which should be fun,” DeVane said by email. “I’m reminded to be thankful for the truth others have placed in me. It motivates me.”

In the position, a new one for the town, DeVane will be working closely with town staff to ensure special projects, like the airport terminal, the fire department/Rescue Squad building, and the downtown revitalization project, are done on time and within budget.

“I call Elizabethtown my home, and it excites me to see improvement that our citizens want and that make this a better place to live,” DeVane commented. “We’re lucky to live here.”

Taking over DeVane’s job as Public Services director is Hugh Bledsoe, former utilities supervisor for the town. Campbell spoke highly of him as well, saying she was confident “he will do an amazing job.” Bledsoe step up to the position from a job as utilities supervisor for the town.

Don Edwards, also a town employee, will be taking Bledsoe’s place as utilities supervisor.

“It’s a good day for any organization when you’re able to promote folks from within who have worked hard and are well respected,” Campbell voiced. “That’s certainly the case here.”

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing ccarroll@bladenjournal.com.

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Chrysta Carroll

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