North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Bobby Miller has been named as the new Walnut Cove Town Manager.
Miller will begin serving in that role on Sept. 14, after current manager Monty Stevens retires to pursue a different career.
“I have lived in Walnut Cove my whole life and want to see the town grow and prosper,” said Miller. “I hope I can contribute to that and do what I can to make the town a better place.”
He said his 25 years of service to the state as a trooper will help him in his new role as town manager.
“I have years of experience with county government and the court system and I have been on the board of the fire department for several years and been chairman of the board of the church for the last four years,” said Miller. “Monty Stevens came from county government and I think the commissioners were pleased with the job he did and wanted to keep continuing in that direction.”
Miller said he looks forward to working with, and helping, the residents of Walnut Cove.
“I am someone who will listen to the complaints of the citizens and get them an answer,” he said. “I am very accessible and will be someone they feel comfortable coming down and talking to.”
Attracting new businesses to the town is a top priority for Miller.
“We have to try to do what we can to maximize our exposure that we have space available and good traffic flow,” he said. “There are businesses that can succeed here. I think the tag office coming back to the town on Aug. 11 is a great thing for the town.
“I have a real vested interest, having lived here for my whole life, in seeing the town succeed,” he added. “We will look at the way the town does business and try to make them better. A good set of fresh eyes on things can sometimes make things better and that is what we are going to try to do.”
He added his thanks to the town’s Board of Commissioners for choosing him to serve as the new town manager.
“I was just really humbled that they put their faith in me to do this,” he said.
Walnut Cove Mayor Lynn Lewis said the town commissioners would miss Stevens, but glad to have found Miller to serve as the new manager.
“He will take it up and do just fine,” said Lewis. “We interviewed five candidates and it was a tough choice. They were all good candidates, but we thought Miller will be a better fit for us.”
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.