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Elton Daniels steps down as Selma town manager

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SELMA — Town Manager Elton Daniels unexpectedly resigned Tuesday, Jan. 8 during a town council meeting closed session. His resignation is effective Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Daniels became town manager on Aug. 28, 2017.

"At this pivotal time in my life and my career, I just need to work in a capacity that allows me to spend more time with my family," Daniels said in a Thursday statement released to the media. "As you know, I grew up on the coast, and my family is still trying to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence.

"I am very proud of what we have accomplished as a community during my time as manager and I look forward to (the) town's future success. One of my personal objectives in life is to leave people and places better than I find them.  I hope that citizens, staff, the business community and council (as a whole), will find that philosophy holding true here."

Mayor Cheryl Oliver said the town council understands Daniels' need to leave the administrative post.

"After hearing the rationale for his resignation, I and our council members supported his decision," Oliver said. "While we did not formally accept his resignation when we came out of closed session, we have already initiated the search for an interim town manager."

Oliver said Daniels has been a tremendous asset to Selma.

"He is a multi-talented individual who can professionally handle a variety of managerial activities including staffing, budgeting and building rapport with our town council and staff, citizens, and partner organizations across the county and state," said Oliver. "He has accomplished much in a short amount of time. I am so thankful that he came our way. I also admire his commitment to his parents, wife and child.  I wish the best for all of them."