Gray gets Denton contract

Jul. 22, 2013 @ 05:21 PM

Former veteran Lexington city manager John  Gray will be Denton’s next manager, at least for six months.
Mayor Scott Morris announced Monday that the Town Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to hire Gray as interim town manager beginning the first week of August. Gray succeeds Victor Pizzurro who resigned in May because of family and health issues. Genie Russell, town clerk, was named interim manager.
Gray will work as  an independent contractor without town benefits. Gray will work about 20 hours per week and will be paid $50 per hour and reimbursed for any outside Davidson County travel required by the job. Gray will have all of the powers, duties and responsibilities that go with the office. The contract runs for six months at which time the town board will review it for extension or other changes.
Gray retired from Lexington six months ago after 25 years with that city and a total of 37 years service in local government.
Morris said he approached Gray about contracting with him to oversee several projects about a month ago. Gray said he was not looking to reenter government service but knew and respected the town and was intrigued to see if he could help the town board pursue its goals. 
Morris said the entire board believes Gray has the right blend of knowledge, skills and experience to assist the citizens, the board and town staff in planning, goal-setting and implementing desired town improvements.   
“John is a good listener, a professional with a lot of experience who knows how to work with people and we believe he can help us get things done which is what our board feels like we need right now,” Morris said.
Gray is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in urban planning and political science and of the 170-hour Municipal Administration course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute of Government. Gray lives in Lexington with his wife Vicky and they have two grown sons, John and Samuel.