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Deputy Town Manager Medlin Retires Nov. 20


Longtime Town administrator Nancy Medlin attended her last official Council meeting Monday night, ending 22 years of service to the Town of Clayton. She officially retires from her position as Deputy Town Manager on Nov. 20. 

Nancy came to the Town in 1998 as Finance Director after spending eight years in the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer’s Office. Using her highly regarded financial skills, Nancy was instrumental in improving the Town’s financial rating with Standard & Poor’s from A to AA, a major achievement. She also earned the finance profession’s highest award – the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association – eight consecutive years. 

During Nancy’s tenure, she saw the Town of Clayton grow exponentially, from a population of about 6,000 in 1998 to nearly 25,000 in 2019. As the Town grew, so did the need for expanded facilities. Nancy played a major role in many of the Town’s major building projects, including the renovation of the former Clayton schools buildings into Town Hall and The Clayton Center; construction of Fire Station 1 on Horne Street, the Law Enforcement Center on E. 2nd Street and the Clayton Community Center on Amelia Church Road; the regional industrial wastewater pre-treatment facility in East Clayton’s industrial area, and preliminary work on the Town’s largest project ever – the new Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Facility, a $120 million project scheduled for completion in 2023. 

Mayor Jody McLeod fondly quoted Nancy’s financial philosophy. “You get what you pay for! It doesn’t matter what it is. Good food ain’t cheap. Cheap food ain’t good! The same goes for everything we purchase!” 

Nancy stepped down as Finance Director In 2008 to become Clayton’s first Deputy Town Manager. Her new role required her to supervise the Finance, Customer Service, Information Technology and Library Departments. She also stepped up to serve Clayton as Interim Town Manager from June to December 2016 while the Town Council searched for a new manager.  

Current Finance Director Robert McKie said he has enjoyed working with Nancy because she has high expectations, and she holds herself to those same standards.  

He added, “I enjoy working with Nancy because she loves the Town. She is a good listener and communicates with staff well. But the best part has been that Nancy is not a Tar Heel fan!” 

Nancy is looking forward to retirement, although she will miss her colleagues at the Town.  

“I have had the opportunity to work with the finest people in the world, and that’s what I’m going to miss,” she said. 

Nancy and her husband like to travel, so they are looking forward to putting a new motor home to good use when COVID abates. She said she is also excited about having the time “to do some of the things you put off when you’re working – things that are good for your soul.”  

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