SELLERSBURG, Ind. — After vetting more than 70 applicants and conducting a very competitive interview process, the Town Council of Sellersburg, Ind. selected Charles “Charlie” Smith to serve as the first town manager.
With Sellersburg poised for significant growth, council members determined that it is time to hire a full-time manager to assist in the management and growth for the future. Smith, who will be stepping down as CEO of the Building & Development Association of Southern Indiana, currently sits on a number of municipal and non-profit boards.
He is expected to start as town manager in mid-February.
“I could not be more excited and honored to be selected as the first town manager of Sellersburg,” Smith said. “There will undoubtedly be challenges to move the town in the direction this council wants to go. However, I am excited to meet those challenges head-on. My goal, along with the council, is to make Sellersburg the best place to live in Southern Indiana. I can’t wait to work towards improving the town for the current and future residents and businesses.”
Town Council President Brad Amos said the council has strong expectations for the near future.
“We have a lot of exciting things going on in town,” Amos said Monday night upon the selection. “I encourage everyone to be optimist and be positive. With this new council, residents are going to see a big increase of improvements in the town. There is no one happier than myself to see Charlie Smith as part of the town of Sellersburg. I know Charlie is the person to help this town grow and to help our community.”
Without a mayor, the council serves as the town’s executive, legislative and fiscal bodies. However, as town manager, Smith will operate under the direction of the council and be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the town in accordance with Indiana statute.
“All of the candidates that participated in the interviews were extremely qualified, but in the end, the council determined that Mr. Smith was the best fit for the direction it wanted to take the town,” Town Council attorney Jake Elder said.