Following a closed session on Thursday, the Robbins Board of Commissioners voted to appoint police Chief Lawson Thomas as the town’s interim manager.
Thomas, who became police chief in August, agreed to serve in a limited capacity, acting primarily as a point-of-contact between the commissioners and the town’s staff. His appointment is a stopgap to ensure that Robbins has a manager in place before the commissioners vote to appoint a different interim manager to take over for David Lambert, who announced he was resigning from the position in May.
Lambert, who was present during the executive session, has since been named director of Moore County’s solid waste and recycling division. He said the commissioners are expected to interview two applicants to replace Thomas as interim manager on Tuesday morning.
Lambert has agreed to serve as a consultant through the end of the year on matters involving the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He has worked closely with the agency since Hurricane Florence caused extensive damage to the town’s infrastructure in September 2018.
Earlier during Thursday’s meeting, the commissioners voted to send a letter to members of the Moore County Board of Commissioners expressing the town’s position on a proposal to raise the county’s occupancy tax rate.
“We believe that a portion of any increased occupancy tax funds should be devoted to tourism development in underserved areas of Moore County — particularly Northern Moore,” reads the letter, which is signed by Mayor Lonnie English. “Robbins and Northern Moore have tremendous tourism assets that need to be developed and supported by the (Moore County Convention and Visitors Bureau).”
In other business, the commissioners:
• Approved an interlocal cooperation agreement with Moore County to provide building inspection services.
• Adopted a resolution establishing an advisory committee to explore solutions for the scarcity of downtown parking.