Ash­land names Far­rar new town man­ager

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - REMEBERING - BY MICHAEL THOMP­SON mthomp­son@times­dis­ (804) 649-6254

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.”


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