Ashland names Farrar new town manager
Ashland has selected one of its own to take the reins of the town.
Joshua Farrar was the unanimous pick to be Ashland’s new town manager, according to a Thursday news release. Farrar’s new employment with the town is expected to be approved Tuesday by the Town Council.
Farrar has been the town’s interim town manager since his predecessor, Charles Hartgrove, left last year for Lynchburg after 13 years on the job.
Prior to that, Farrar was Ashland’s deputy town manager and finance director. Before arriving in Ashland, Farrar worked in Kansas as an assistant city administrator.
Farrar, whose annual salary will be $125,000, will be tasked with managing Ashland’s roughly $9 million general fund budget and overseeing Ashland’s 65 full-time employees.
“The Town Council has an aggressive vision to preserve important parts of our character to keep Ashland, Ashland, but at the same time embrace the future and address any obstacles that may come with it,” Farrar said in the news release. “The opportunity to be a part of that vision is exciting, and I will work tirelessly on behalf of the Town Council, town staff and community to achieve our goals.”
Mayor James Foley and the Town Council chose Farrar from a pool of more than 95 candidates.
“We performed a national search to make sure we were hiring the best person to fill this critical role,” Foley said. “We interviewed a number of candidates, and it was clear to the entire council that the best person was already right here in the Center of the Universe.”