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Purchasing Agent Stanley Retires After 17 Years of Service


If someone at the Town of Clayton needs to make a purchase, Johnny Stanley has always been the go-to guy. 

Johnny came to the Town as its sole Purchasing Agent on Dec. 15, 2003. Now, on Jan. 1, 2021, after more than 17 years in the position, he will officially begin his new career as a retiree.  

The Town Council recognized Johnny at the Dec. 21 meeting for his service and commitment to Clayton.  

Mayor Jody McLeod said, “Johnny will be missed professionally and we extend our very best wishes for his continued success in the next chapter of his life – retirement!” 

Finance Director Robert McKie commended Johnny for his “standout” work skills, which he said include surplus property disposition and vehicle acquisition.  

“Johnny was always procuring goods and services at the best price for the Town,” McKie said. “He had a wonderful knack for finding items that were in short supply. He also was great at building vendor relations.” 

Over the course of his 17-year career, Johnny has purchased everything for the Town from pens and paper to personal protective equipment (PPE), office furniture, fire trucks and police cars.  

But he said that one of the highlights of his career was a collaboration between the Town and Caterpillar to procure Clayton’s first tandem dump truck and its second excavator from Caterpillar.  

The purchase was documented in a 2015 article in the Caterpillar Inc. publication “Governmental Solutions.” He said the article emphasized the collaboration of efforts amongst vendors and interaction within agencies to come to the best package deal for the Town.  

“I thought that gave the Town of Clayton some real positive publicity across the nation, and I was proud to be part of it,” he said. 

Johnny added that the article focused on the Town of Clayton’s growth, its sustainability, and its dedication to responsible governmental leadership.  

“This has been the focus and the goal of my everyday work tenacity,” he said. 

McKie noted that Johnny always did his job with a focus on the Town’s best interest. “He is an all-around great team player.” 

Johnny said that the moment at the council meeting was bittersweet. “I want to thank the Town and the council for the opportunities I’ve had here. I’m not saying there haven’t been challenges, but life has been good and I’m thankful for the opportunity.” 

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