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By Derek McKissock
News Editor 

Fatland Gets Manager Position Full Time - Brevard NC


Jim Fatland

Jim Fatland, who has been interim Brevard City Manager since April 1, got the job full time Monday evening.

After a closed session meeting to discuss personnel, Councilman Mac Morrow made a motion, seconded by Councilman Maurice Jones, to approve an ordinance fixing compensation and other terms of employment for Fatland.

The motion carried unanimously. Fatland's base salary was set at $116,000.

"Jim Fatland is an experienced manager with a keen financial mind that has already shown dividends for the residents of Brevard," Mayor Jimmy Harris said. "His style of management is one that encourages results and action. Choosing Jim Fatland as city manager is a great decision, and I applaud city council for naming him to this position.

"During the relatively short period that he has been serving as interim, I have seen projects reignited, morale lifted amongst the employees and positive attitudes reborn. I think he is an obvious choice."

Fatland joined the city as a financial advisor in November 2011 after Terry Scruggs, the former finance director, died.

A few months later, Fatland became the city's full-time finance director.

Fatland has worked and lived in Western North Carolina for roughly the past 20 years.

He is originally from California. He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting and finance from Cal Poly University in Pamona.

For 17 years he worked as a finance officer in San Bernardino, Marin and Orange counties in California.

While in North Carolina, Fatland has worked as a finance officer for Highlands, Tryon, Monroe and Buncombe County's Metropolitan Sewer District.

Fatland and his wife, Linda, have three adult children.

Since he took over as interim manager, Fatland initiated the creation of five new committees: downtown master plan; public safety; parks, trails and recreation; finance and human resources; and public works and utilities.

The committee format is a different approach from the periodic workshops held during the tenure of Fatland's predecessor, Joe Moore.

Two council members are assigned to each committee, which include staff and the public.

Councilman Mac Morrow is the chair of the public works and utilities committee.

"Seeing firsthand the results of team building under Jim Fatland's leadership, and the energetic response by the assembled team, confirms to me we are on the right path," Morrow said. "His reputation in the region and with state agencies is a professional dividend. Reports from towns where he served, combined, with this 39 years of government service, reflect great credit for his professional achievement. Our city is in good hands"

Fatland said being a public servant is a job that he "loves."

"I am excited about the opportunity of serving as Brevard's city manager," he said. "I look forward to working with the mayor and council, city employees and our citizens as we continue to move Brevard forward as an outstanding community to live, work and play."

Fatland said he will continue to serve as the finance officer. However, he plans to reorganize the finance department by promoting accountant Donna White to accounting supervisor and hire an accounting technician.

In addition, he plans to hire a retired finance director on an hourly basis to assist in monthly bank reconciliation to maintain strong internal controls.

Fatland said by not hiring a finance director it will save the taxpayers $50,000 per year.


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