The Town of Sylva is getting a new Town Manager, said Mayor Maurice Moody, as board members voted to hire a replacement for former manager Adrienne Eisenhower at their monthly meeting last month.
The new installment of Michael Morgan is just a temporary one. Morgan, 57, took on the job as interim Town Manager while board members continue their search for a full-time manager.
“He has a lot of experience as a town manager and is great for the job,” said Moody. “He has agreed to work for the next 4 to 6 months.”
Morgan, who has worked as Weaverville Town Manager for 19 years, was hired to work 25-30 hours a week at $40 per hour. Prior to his career as Weaverville Town Manager, Morgan worked in the Office of Emergency Medical Services for nearly two decades, travelling throughout all of WNC fulfilling his duties certifying service workers.
Spending his undergraduate years at University of North Carolina Asheville, Morgan went on to earn his Masters in Public Affairs at Western Carolina University, and completed graduate classes at UNC Chapel Hill.
According to his resume, Morgan, native of Weaverville, has earned numerous awards including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Morgan has also coordinated the funding, design and development of a $1.7 million municipal facility and a $4 million municipal fire station in his hometown, as well as obtained more than $6 million in grants, among other major accomplishments.
Although he is at the age of retirement, Morgan maintains that his short term as manager will be devoted to helping the Town Board transition to a new manager.
“With the new council coming, it will be my greatest concern to help them replace the city manager position… That’s most critical,” said Morgan. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with the staff of the town and I hope to help move the town forward,” said Morgan.