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Carolina Beach Council Selects Retired County Manager Bruce Shell As Interim Town Manager

Retired New Hanover County Manager Bruce Shell addressed the Carolina Beach Town Council on January 8, following the announcement he was selected by the Council as interim Town Manager.

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council voted January 8, following a closed session meeting to hire former New Hanover County Manager Bruce Shell to serve as Interim Town Manager until they can recruit and interview applicants to permanently fill the position.
Former Town Manager Tim Owens resigned in November and was recently hired as Town Manager for nearby Wrightsville Beach.
Mayor Bob Lewis explained, "He served the county for a quite a period of time. He's been a part of a leadership team and possesses all of the qualities needed to assist us in the search for a permanent manager as well as help us moving forward in a transition period."
Lewis said, "He came to Wilmington initially from Raleigh and attended UNCW and graduated with a degree in business management and then went on to obtain his CPA and worked as a manager in the restaurant business for several years before changing professions as an accountant in a public accounting firm. He worked for DEG Film Studios before beginning his career with New Hanover County" as an internal auditor.
Lewis said, "He served New Hanover County as finance director for 11 years and county manager for over six years before retiring in July of last year."
He said, "He is pleased to assist Carolina Beach in its search for a permanent manager. His priority has always been the respectful delivery of service to the public. His focus at Carolina Beach will be day-to-day operations, communication with elected officials and assistance of the preparation of the upcoming budget for fiscal year 2013-2014."
Lewis said, "We are just excited as heck to have a person of this caliber working with budgets of upward of $125 million with the County... and a great representative of the County in the past and we really appreciate him coming to help us in Carolina Beach."
Shell said, "I appreciate the opportunity and honor to work with the five of you. I had the opportunity to meet many of the staff and was very impressed."
He said, "These are very solid hard working folks" and, "Carolina Beach has always had a special place in my heart and it's nice to be a part of you all. I will start work in the morning."