Black Mountain town manager resigns

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News

Black Mountain town manager Matt Settlemyer resigned his position on May 22.

Settlemyer, who accepted the town’s top administrative position in 2012, submitted a brief resignation letter to alderman in a closed session.

Matt Settlemyer, center, discusses the budget with town officials on April 19 on the boardroom at town hall.

Aldermen met on May 21 for a budget workshop in the boardroom at town hall. The meeting was continued to May 22 at 8:30 a.m. As the mayor reconvened the meeting with the entire board present, alderman Larry Harris motioned for aldermen to go into closed session to discuss “personnel matters.”

The board remained behind closed doors for just over an hour. When they emerged, Mayor Don Collins announced the board had accepted Settlemyer's resignation.

Collins then said the board would hold a special called meeting at 8:30 a.m. May 24 to enter into closed session again. After the May 22 meeting, the mayor and aldermen Carlos Showers met with town staff to share the news of Settlemyer’s resignation.

Collins said he could not discuss the closed session meeting or offer any additional details. Nobody was immediately named to fill the position, he said.

“One of the reasons we’re meeting on Thursday is to look for an interim manager,” he said. “The board feels our department heads won’t miss a beat; they’ll continue doing what they’ve always done.”

Settlemyer told The Black Mountain News, “I appreciate everything the town of Black Mountain has done for me. Now I’m looking forward to pursuing new opportunities.”

The timing of Settlemyer’s resignation will not impact the budget process, which aldermen began in mid-April.

“We’re about 99 percent done with the budget as far as approving it is concerned,” Collins said.