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Huffman takes oath as new city manager

By Barbara Arntsen
Published in News on January 24, 2005 2:02 PM

Goldsboro's new city manager was sworn into office this morning and welcomed by city staff, residents and local officials.

Joe Huffman took the oath administered by District Court Judge Rose Williams.

"I'm excited about being here, and I appreciate the attendance here today," Huffman told those gathered at City Hall. "People have been kind."

Huffman sworn in as Goldsboro City Manager

News-Argus/Barbara Arntsen

Joseph Huffman, Goldsboro's new city manager, is sworn into office this morning by District Court Judge Rose Williams.

Huffman replaces Richard Slozak, who retired after 18 years as city manager.

State law requires that anyone elected, or appointed, to any city office be given an oath of office before assuming duties.

The City Council unanimously chose Huffman for the job after interviewing five candidates. Huffman had served as city manager of Laurinburg for five years before accepting the Goldsboro post.

Huffman started out his career in municipal government in 1989 in Elkin, where he was promoted to town manager after a year. He served as city manager of Havelock from 1994 to 1999 before moving to Laurinburg.

Huffman, 42, earned a master's degree in public administration from Appalachian State University and has received certification from the International City/County Management Association.

He thanked the council for giving him the opportunity and said that he wants to maintain the good programs of the city, and make improvements in any areas that might need it.

"I'm ready to get started," he said.

Mayor Al King said that the City Council is looking forward to working with Huffman.

"We've got a lot of things going on, and Joe is a part of the puzzle that we're putting together," King said.

Huffman will receive an annual salary of $125,000 with a monthly vehicle allowance of $500. Slozak's base salary was $131,560. Huffman will also receive mileage pay when he uses his personal vehicle for city-related trips 50 miles or more beyond the city limits.

The city will pay for his moving expenses, not to exceed $7,500. The city will also pay Huffman for the rental of an apartment and utility bills for a six-month period up to $1,000 a month until he can purchase a home.

Professional fees and dues for Huffman will be paid by the city, including monthly dues in a local civic club.

His performance, salary and benefits will be evaluated on an annual basis by members of the council.

If Huffman is terminated without cause, he will receive a six-month severance covering salary, insurance and benefits. He will not receive a severance if he is terminated for cause.

Huffman must live within the city limits and cannot accept outside employment without the approval of the council.