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Goldsboro now has two assistant city managers

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on September 7, 2013 10:33 PM

After a three-month search and more than 800 applications, the search for a new assistant city manager ended with two new employees hired -- at a combined salary of nearly $200,000.

The two will replace former assistant city manager, Tasha Logan, who resigned in May to take another job. Her salary was $97,216 a year.

Angel Wright-Lanier will be paid $95,000 a year and Randy Guthrie, former Planning Director, will make $104,935.

Guthrie's pay is higher, officials said, because his new job is considered a promotion, which comes with a 10 percent pay increase. He was previously paid $95,395.

The positions also come with a combined $600-a-month vehicle allowance.

Guthrie started his new role Wednesday, while Mrs. Wright-Lanier, who is coming to the city from eCivis, a grant management agency, will be on the job Monday.

Guthrie's former position with the Planning Department is being eliminated with the responsibilities redistributed to Mrs. Wright-Lanier, who will oversee Human Resources, Community Affairs, Information Technologies, the Paramount Theatre and the Inspections and Planning departments.

"We're very excited. We're moving here and looking for a home in the area. We are interested in the downtown area," Mrs. Wright-Lanier said.

She is also taking a course to refresh herself on aspects of working with the Planning Department so she can hit the ground running.

Mrs. Wright-Lanier has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in public administration and management information systems.

In addition to her work with eCivis, she has been employed with the city of Raleigh and BellSouth.

Guthrie will oversee the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp., Public Works, Public Utilities, Parks and Recreation, Travel and Tourism and Engineering.

"Randy has done a fabulous job in his current role. I am excited to have him serving the community in this new capacity," City Manager Scott Stevens said. "I decided if I left him with planning, he would still be that guy and (Mrs. Wright-Lanier) doesn't know a whole lot about some of her areas so she will gain a new skill set."

Guthrie is excited to be moving into his new job, he said.

"It's a bittersweet moment for me because my entire career has been spent in planning, but it will be exciting doing something different from day to day," Guthrie said.

Guthrie has a bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning and is working toward a master's degree in public administration.