Royall to apply for town manager job

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Mount Olive interim Town Manager Jammie Royall has decided he will seek the leadership position he’s held the last few weeks and will submit his application.

Royall was named to take the town’s top administrative seat when former Town Manager Charles Brown announced his retirement that was effective on July 13.

A 58-year-old native of Mount Olive, Royall said he was hesitant about applying for the permanent position at first, but the proliferation of support over the past weeks made him decide to become a candidate.

Mayor Ken Talton and the town’s board of commissioners comprise the search committee that will fill the vacant seat. Four applicants have shown interest in the position. The application deadline is Sept. 30.

Talton plans to have the seat filled no later than the end of November.

Married and a father of three, Royall has been employed by the town since 2006. He is a graduate of Southern Wayne High School and has worked through the ranks in the town’s public works department. He is currently the town’s special projects director and oversees about 15 employees.

If elected, Royall plans to return to school and study municipal administration.

“I have had so much support from people asking me to apply that I have decided to become a candidate,” Royall said.

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