Jammie Royall said he’s pleased with becoming interim town manager.
However, he doesn’t know if he will apply for the position at this point.
“I am thrilled that the board had enough confidence in me to name me to fill this position, but at this point I have not made a decision whether I will apply for it or not,” Royall said.
Royall was unanimously selected at the July 13 meeting of the town board to fill the seat of Charles Brown, who announced his retirement, effective on that date.
Royall, 58, is a native of Mount Olive, married, father of three and a 1980 graduate of Southern Wayne High School.
He has been employed with the Town since 2004, and worked his way through the ranks of the public works department. He was the town’s director of special projects before filling Brown’s vacancy.
The newly-appointed town manager made it clear in sending out a message to the town’s employees that he will always have an open-door policy for them.
“Any time an employee for the town of Mount Olive feels he or she needs to talk to me one-on-one they are welcome to call me or come by or do whatever makes them feel safe,” Royall said. “You know, I don’t like titles, because we all work together. It takes all of us. If I look good, everybody looks good.”
Royall said his door is always open to the town’s citizens.
“I intend to do everything I can do to make the town look good and grow, and take care of the needs of our citizens. Any time any citizen needs to talk to me or come by and talk my door is open,” Royall said. “Just call me.”
Mayor Ken Talton said he planned to appoint a search committee to replace Brown, who served as the town’s manager since 2006. Talton wants to introduce a new town manager no later than the end of November.
Royall said he has thinking to do.
“This whole thing is new to me and different from what I am used to. It is going to take a few months before I can make that decision,” he said.
Royall can be reached at 919-658-9539, extension 108.