Faison Named Interim Kenly Town Manager

Edward “Larry” Faison

KENLY – While the Town of Kenly continues to search for a permanent full-time manager, the town council has hired Edward “Larry” Faison from Swansboro as its interim.

Faison began work on October 26th and, according to his contract, will remain in Kenly through April 29, 2022 unless the town council hires a full-time manager sooner.

According to published reports, Faison was fired as the city manager in Monroe, NC in July 2021 after serving in the position seven years. The Monroe city council did not state a reason for his firing. He had served as city manager in Whiteville, NC from late-2009 to 2014.

In June 2009, Faison stepped down as the Spring Lake, NC town manager after the Board of Alderman requested his resignation. In an online news article, one board member said they did not believe Faison supported the mayor.

Depsite a few setbacks, Mr. Faison says he looks forward to serving in Kenly and helping anyway he possibly can.

“Kenly is an opportunity for public service and to serve the community and Kenly’s Mayor and Town Council as their interim manager,” Mr. Faison told The Johnston County Report. “I hope during my tenure, whether that time is a week, month or year, that I can be an asset for the Mayor and Council and a resource for our town staff. Perhaps I can offer a bit of stability until such time as the Mayor and Council determine a suitable person that would be a good fit for the town as their permanent Manager.”

“I look forward to the ‘hands on’ nature of the work before me. It’s not foreign to me but has been a while. My municipal government experiences began in 1988 and include communities in Virginia and North Carolina with populations from 1,800 to 80,000, (including) Kilmarnock, Swansboro, Jacksonville, Spring Lake, Whiteville, and most recently Monroe. No, not all of those experiences ended the way I would have hoped, that’s the nature of the business and is the territory of a local government manager. We serve at the pleasure of the mayor and town council, and it is their prerogative to make a change at their discretion.”

Faison and his wife of 38 years, Cora, lived near the West Coast while he was on active military duty, then eastern Virginia, and eastern and central North Carolina. He has called North Carolina home since 1996. His wife is an educator in the school system at Camp LeJeune.

Mr. Faison retired from the United States Army Reserve in 2010 with 30 years of service. One of his last assignments was a paratrooper. He hopes his wealth of public service can help Kenly until a permanent manager is located.

“I suppose there are a few surprises that Kenly has for me, but what is more apt are moments that will spark a memory from a past town experience that I can apply here in a favorable manner. I expect each of those moments will be rewarding, especially for the opportunity to add Kenly experiences to that reservoir of memories.”

Mr. Faison will be paid $65 per hour and will work 16 to 24 hours per week. He will be reimbursed for mileage, phone use, and lodging expenses.