Blake Proctor named Manager of the Year
At the Lumber River Council of Governments annual banquet on October 15, Blake Proctor, town manager for Fairmont, NC, since July, 2006, was awarded the coveted John K. McNeil Jr. Award as Region N Manager of the Year. This award is presented to the Region N city or county manager who has worked the most diligently and successfully to enhance the livability of their community.
In the three years Mr. Proctor has been in Fairmont, he has written five grants for $1,700,000 to provide needed equipment and infrastructure and also oversaw another $2,900,000 in grants. His vision has revived Fairmont's downtown district, regionalized wastewater to five smaller towns in both Robeson and Columbus counties, brought in industries that will have created some 140 jobs by 2012, and stabilized town finances to the extent that the Local Government Commission has written a letter of commendation to the town.
Recipients of the McNeil Award are chosen by the COG management team and the Region N Managers Association consisting of five counties and 34 municipalities, and are not awarded each year.
Accepting the Award, Mr. Proctor stated, "Mayor Kemp has never seen me speechless before, but right now, I'm totally floored! And as this is awarded by my peers, I'm doubly humbled. Thank you!"
Fairmont Mayor Charles Kemp called out for Mr. Proctor to "now get back to work," eliciting laughter and applause.
Blake is a former Miller County administrator and Clay County manager.