In a surprise move, Selma Town Manager Elton Daniels has resigned.
Daniels who was hired as the town manager on August 28, 2017 announced his resignation on Wednesday afternoon.
“My time in Selma has been enjoyable however, severe personal family issues necessitate that I vacate my position to focus on my family,” Daniels told WTSB News. “I plan to continue my career as a public servant in a capacity that allows me to spend more time with my family, helping them recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence.”
Daniels family lives in the Wilmington, NC area and is still struggling to recover from flood damage and losses from Florence.
Speaking about the time he has spent in Selma Daniels said, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished as a community during my time as Manager and I look forward to Town’s future success. One of my personal objectives in life is to leave people and places better than I find them. I hope that citizens, staff and Council as a whole, will find that philosophy holding true here.”
Daniels said his last day on the job will be February 12th.
“Over the next few weeks, I plan to work with Council and Staff to ensure a smooth transition. I am confident that Selma will continue to prosper, focusing on the core values that make this Town unique – ‘The Crossroads of Tradition and Innovation’.”
Before being hired in Selma, Mr. Daniels had been the Assistant County Manager for Franklin County since 2014. Previously he was the town manager in Sharpsburg for 3 years.
Daniels has a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He received the 2016 UNC-W MPA Alumnus of the Year Award. He is a member of the International City Manager Association and served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina City/County Managers Association.