Planning department searches for replacement

by Kelly Corbett
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The application period for the Town of Wrightsville Beach Planner I and Code Enforcement Officer position closed with about 30 applications in hand.

The period closed March 7 for the position featuring a new description of responsibilities more accurately defining job requirements.

Tony Wilson, planning and parks director, said he hopes to start the interviewing process by the end of March and to hire by the middle of April or before the first of May.

“We will start looking at the applications now, narrow those down,” Wilson said.

The salary ranges from $34,133 to $53,043, and includes a wide range of responsibilities.

The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen unanimously approved changes to the description of the position in February, removing emphasis off building inspections and geographic information system (GIS) and focusing on more planning and code enforcement duties.

“Hopefully the new description will reflect what that person actually does,” Wilson said. “In most small municipalities, no matter what we do we can’t include everything in a job description. There are going to be so many things that person will do that are probably not even still listed on there.”

The new job description requirements do not include the possession of a Standard Level I Certificate in building inspections or the ability to be pre-qualified by the Department of Insurance as eligible for a probationary certificate as previously required.

Wilson, who started as a building inspector in 1996, said the position is a great position to start and learn.

Eryn Moller left her position as Wrightsville Beach Planner I on Jan. 10 after almost five years to become an associate planner with the City of Wilmington.

The average time a person remains in the position is usually from three to five years, Wilson said.

“Unfortunately that’s what happens,” he said. “They typically get the training and they get the experience, and sometimes they’re able to move on and make some more money in other cities or communities.”

Former employees have left for Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and also for the private sector.

There is also an unfilled administrative assistant position in the planning department that has remained vacant for about five years.

“Those responsibilities are on all of us now,” Wilson said.

The planner I and code enforcement officer position shares the heaviest load of that administrative assistant position, keeping minutes of the Wrightsville Beach Planning Board and Historic Landmark Commission meetings and sitting in on City of Wilmington and New Hanover County committees.


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