City fills two vacant posts


Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rocky Mount has a new development services director and internal auditor.

City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney announced Tuesday that the long vacant offices have been filled.

Clayton W. Deaton III will begin his duties Nov. 19 at the helm of Development Services. Lori Cairo will begin Nov. 5 working in her new role as chief internal auditor for the city.

“I am excited to have Clayton and Cairo join the city of Rocky Mount,” Small-Toney said. “Both offer a wealth of knowledge, varied experiences and interesting perspectives to offer our organization and community.”

Deaton most recently served as planning and inspections director for Pinehurst, where he was responsible for the long-range comprehensive plan analyzing existing land-use, planning and inspections process improvements, as well as developing a variety of special and continuing plans relative to the growth, development and redevelopment of the village.

Pinehurst wasn't Deaton’s first experience in development services. He's also worked as a senior planner in Fayetteville and assumed planning duties for the cities of Wilson, Rock Hill, S.C., and the Federal Highway Administration in the organization’s Connecticut and Georgia offices.

Cairo is departing her job as a consultant for the John B. Smith tax preparation services in Boca Raton, Fla., to join the city of Rocky Mount. She has previously worked as vice president of Internal Audit for Lowe’s in Mooresville, chief internal audit executive and chief compliance officer for the National Council on Compensation Insurance in Boca Raton, senior manager and practice leader for Enterprise Risk Services in Miami and tax preparation work in Fort Lauderdale.

Deaton is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners and a certified zoning official through the N.C. Association of Zoning Officials. He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from East Carolina University.

Cairo is a certified professional accountant for the state of Florida. She holds a master’s degree in accounting information systems and two bachelor’s degrees in accounting and marketing, all from Florida Atlantic University.