City Manager Charles Penny announced Planning and Development Director Ann Wall will fill the vacant assistant city manager position caused by Penny’s promotion in December. Penny said Wall’s experience and education gave her the edge over 112 applicants for the position.“Ann is a good, strategic thinker,” Penny said. “She is well-versed and well-respected across the state. I think Ann is going to do a great job for the city.” Wall has worked as the planning director since 2003 after serving as the city’s budget and evaluation manager for eight years. Penny said her budget knowledge will be a great asset to the city. “She will be a benefit to Budget Manager Ken Hunter as we try to navigate these tough financial waters we have to deal with,” he said. Wall also served as an acting assistant city manager during the city’s response and reorganization due to Hurricane Floyd. “During that time, I was over public works and the police and fire departments at a time when they were very active,” she said. “I think the experience of having done that combined with how much we were doing then will be very helpful now.” Wall will step into her new duties Saturday as supervisor of the police, fire, public works, parks and recreation and human resources departments. Planning Administrator Ken Graves will serve as interim planning director until a new appointment can be made. “I’ll certainly miss the planning department,” Wall said. “I have enjoyed my time there and am excited about the initiatives of the planning department, but I also am excited about working with the police, fire, public works and other departments.” Wall said she looks forward to the challenge of a new position. “Rocky Mount has a long history of excellent city management, and I am excited to be a part of that history,” Wall said.
Wall tapped to fill assistant city manager post