The Town of Smithfield has been left with another vacancy in their administration. On Friday, Tim Kerigan, Human Resources Director and Public Information Officer resigned. His last day on the job will be October 9th.
Kerigan has accepted a job with the Johnston County Human Resources Department where he will specialize in risk management and safety programs. His first day with the County will be October 12th.
Kerigan says he will miss the many employees and citizens but says his new office will only be a block and a half away. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the town. I’ve been here a little over three years. I look forward to continuing to see the citizens in the neighborhood, schools, and ball fields.”
In his spare time, Kerigan is a coach for a travel baseball team and a mentor at Smithfield Selma High.
Kerigan and his wife, Alison, have two children. Their son attends Smithfield Selma High and their daughter attends Clayton Middle. Alison is a kindergarten teacher at West Clayton Middle School.
Kerigan, 43, has been with the Town of Smithfield since June 2012. Previously he was the Director of Tourism for Gulf County, Florida.
“We love the area and want to stay. I was just looking for a better opportunity,” Kerigan told WTSB News.
Kerigan says his departure from the Town of Smithfield was not related to the August 4, 2015 firing of Town Manager Paul Sabiston. Kerigan said he had been looking at other opportunities in the area prior to that time.
The Town of Smithfield has numerous vacancies. In addition to the town manager and now Kerigan’s position as Human Resources Director, the town has still not filled the fire chief’s position following the retirement of Patrick Harris on July 1st. The Public Utilities Director’s position remains vacant and is being readvertised due to a lack of qualified applications from the first round of applicants. Four positions are unfilled at the police department.