Former CB town manager will now manage Wrightsville Beach

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – Former Carolina Beach Town Manager, Tim Owens, was named the new Town Manager of Wrightsville Beach.

The Board of Aldermen made the decision Monday morning while meeting in a closed session. More than 50 people applied for the position and 11 were interviewed.

Owens resigned from his position in Carolina Beach in November, along with the mayor and a councilman. After being in the position for more than six years, the Wrightsville Beach mayor said Owens was chosen for his experience with coastal communities.

"I do know if you look at any town manager they serve in a position that often times politics can often be involved in and I think those things happen now and then," said Mayor David Cignotti. "Unfortunately what didn't work out there I think worked out well for our town because I believe we have someone who will be an excellent fit."

The new town manager said he is trying to move forward from his time in Carolina Beach.

Owens will start in Wrightsville Beach January 8. Residents can attend a meet and greet session January 10.

Copyright 2012 WECT. All rights reserved.