A former town manager of Kilmarnock, Lee Hood Capps, was voted in 7-1 as the interim town manager on March 23, with Councilman Randy Phelps as the only one who voted against.
Capps’ contract runs through June 30. During his time as the interim town manager the town council will continue the search for someone to fill the position permanently.
Capps owns a management-consulting firm, CAPPS Ltd., and has also held positions as town manager in towns in North Carolina, Mt. Gilead and Murfreesboro.
According to a 2009 article by the Montgomery Herald, Capps was terminated from his position in Mt. Gilead after a unanimous vote from the Mt. Gilead Town Board. Capps was hired on a probationary status by the town.
According to a 2010 article by the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, the Murfreesboro Town Council voted to dismiss Capps’ services due to “failure to perform administrative duties in a timely and efficient manner and failure to inform Council of projects being worked on.”
According to an August 2007 Rappahannock Record article Capps, following the town council requesting for his resignation, resigned from his position in Kilmarnock at an emergency session of the Kilmarnock Town Council.
The article referred to a statement released by the then mayor, Curtis Smith, who noted his resignation as a mutual agreement between the town council and Capps that was based primarily on personnel issues.
Capps appeared before the council days later to request his job back where he acknowledged his shortcomings.
Town Manager John Slusser has been in the position since replacing former town manager, Matthew L. Walker, in 1999.
Speaking on his departure and an outlook on the town after leaving, Slusser said the town was doing well before he got the position and will do well after he leaves.