Former city manager named as interim in Southport

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – The city of Southport is calling on a former leader to take on a leadership role.

Former Southport City Manager Rob Gandy has been named as interim city manager.

City leaders appointed him to the position Tuesday night at a special meeting.

According Southport Mayor Robert Howard, Gandy is scheduled to begin his duties on March 18.

Howard tells that Gandy has signed on for a 90-day contract. After 90 days, his contract will go month to month, as needed.

Current city manager Pat Thomas announced his resignation earlier this month. The mayor says Thomas noted his last day as April 16.

Howard says Gandy will take on the position in March and Thomas will be available for help until April 16.

Gandy will be making the same salary as Thomas, according to Howard. Thomas currently makes $91,350.

City leaders have not interviewed anyone for the permanent city manager position yet.

"We have a lot of stuff going on right now," said Howard. "We're dealing with a budget and audit report for the city and we want the transition to be smooth."

Thomas' resignation took many city leaders by surprise.

According to Howard, Gandy last left his position with the city on "good terms."

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