SELMA – After just seven weeks on the payroll, Selma Town Manager Jeff Temple has resigned. Mr. Temple submitted his resignation Thursday to the Selma Town Council. The council voted unanimously to accept his resignation, which took effect immediately.
Mayor Byron McAllister released the following statement on Friday. “The Selma Town Council has made it clear that we hold our staff to high standards. We expect our staff to be courteous and respectful to each other. We expect staff to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. We expect staff to perform the task related to their positions at a high level. We expect staff to take the best care possible, within the responsibilities of the Town of Selma, of our residents, business owners, and stakeholders. We have seen in the past where failure to hold staff to high standards has led to what can only be described as the decay of Selma, NC. The significant improvements that have happened in all areas of Selma’s operations and are happening throughout Selma are a constant reminder to our Town Council of the need to maintain an organization that strives for excellence. For our longtime residents and newer residents like me, the change is easy to see.”
Mr. Temple was hired by the Selma Town Council on August 17 and began work August 18. He received a two year contract and an annual salary of $65,000. His resignation came after just 48 days as Selma’s manager. Previously, he had been the city administrator in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
We attempted to reach Mr. Temple for a comment about his sudden departure. As of the publication of this article we have not received a reply, but will update our story if we do.
Selma Fire Chief Phillip McDaniel has been named as the Interim Manager.