Edinburgh Town manager named

EDINBURGH — The Edinburgh Town Council has hired Wade Watson as the new town manager.

Watson succeeds the late John Drybread and has been serving as the interim town manager for the town since Dec. 14.

Prior to being appointed interim town manager, Watson was the town’s building commissioner, starting in December 2011. He has continued serving as building commissioner while working as interim town manager.

As the new town manager, Watson will serve as the administrator for Edinburgh’s government and oversee the operations of the town’s 12 departments, which include utility services and management of the Timbergate Golf Course. His contract calls for him to be paid $67,000 a year.

Watson previously worked as the general location manager for Gillman Home Center in Edinburgh and prior to that, worked at Stock Building Supply.

Born in New Castle, Watson graduated from Shenandoah High School in Middletown. He has completed course work for Biblical studies, architectural drafting, human resource management and business management, in addition to continuing education in business and the construction industry.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.