Elkton has yet to advertise for the town manager’s position

The Valley Banner

ELKTON – The town is heading into the budget season without a town manager.

Towns and cities in Virginia must pass a budget by June 30 each year, the day prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Council fired former town manager Kevin Whitfield on Feb. 5. (Whitfield said he submitted his resignation on Jan. 25 and gave a March 31 departure date.)

On Feb. 8, Mayor Wayne Printz said the town would be advertising for the town manager’s position in the near future.

This week, however, Printz didn’t seem in a hurry to hire Whitfield’s replacement.

“We have many issues we are taking care of before we do any advertising for a town manager,” Printz said via email on Monday.

Prior to last week’s council meeting, Printz, who is acting town manager, said he would be working with the various department heads – including Treasurer Clairen Sipe, Public Works Director Troy Shifflett and Police Chief Aaron Hammer – on the budget and would start with the current fiscal year’s budget as a baseline.

Council has talked recently about having a budget workshop, but on Monday Printz said no date has been set for such a meeting.

On Feb. 8, Printz said he has a “great council” and has confidence in them and the town staff.

“I am not worried,” Printz said. “We have a handle on this thing.”

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