David Lambert, outgoing town manager for Robbins, has been named the new director of Moore County’s solid waste and recycling division.
Lambert resigned as town manager at the end of a specially called meeting of the Robbins Board of Commissioners in May. He had held the position since September 2016.
During his time as manager, Lambert spearheaded a rebranding initiative for Robbins and helped secure more than $5 million in grants and other awards. He guided local recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence and advocated for the town in meetings with state senators in Raleigh.
Chad Beane, previous director of solid waste and recycling for the county, resigned earlier this year to accept another job. Andy Wilkison, former village manager for Pinehurst, had stepped in to fill the position on an interim basis.
Lambert originally planned to leave Robbins in August, but he decided to stay longer to give town commissioners more time to prepare for his departure. His extended contract with the town is set to expire on Tuesday, but he has agreed to continue working as manager through Friday.
The town has not yet announced his successor. Lambert said he has asked the Triangle J Council of Governments to assist the commissioners in their search for a new manager.
“I am confident that the (town) board will have direction soon,” he said.
A graduate of North Moore High School, Lambert holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from Elon University School of Law. He previously worked as a case coordinator in Randolph County’s Family Court.
Lambert said that managing Robbins in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which caused extensive damage to the town’s wastewater pump station and other infrastructure, provided valuable experience for his new role.
“I am very excited for this challenging opportunity,” he said.