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Selma hires new planning director, senior planner, deputy clerk

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SELMA — The town of Selma has hired Randy Cahoon-Tingle as its new planning and economic development director. He succeeds Julie Maybee, who retired from the position.

“Randy has over 10 years of experience in the planning and economic development profession,” said Town Manager Elton Daniels. “ He comes to us from the city of Creedmoor, where he last served as senior planner/zoning administrator.

Cahoon-Tingle earned a bachelor of science degree in urban and regional planning from East Carolina University. He holds American Institute of Certified Planners certification and is a state-certified zoning administrator.

Daniels said Cahoon-Tingle has experience in both the public and private sector, including a brief stint as a town manager. His first day of employment was Nov. 6.

The town’s new senior planner is Emily Beddingfield, who has more than eight years of experience in planning. She came to Selma from the town of Clayton, where she served in a similar role.

She replaced Dervin Spell, who took a similar position for the city of Dunn.

“As such, she has an understanding of the region that will allow her to contribute to our team immediately,” said Daniels.“Emily earned a master of arts degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Florida. She is also certified by the AICP.”

Her first day was Nov. 13.

Mary Rhodes is Selma’s new deputy town clerk. Daniels said Rhodes has several years of administrative experience and previously worked as a paralegal in Harnett County. She succeeds Town Clerk Jamie Whitley, who previously served as deputy town clerk. Rhodes’ first day was Nov. 7.

“I am thrilled that we were able to land top-tier talent, which speaks volumes about the direction of our town,” said Daniels. “Randy, Mary and Emily have already made significant contributions to our team. Selma has many projects underway and planned for the near future. I’m 100 percent confident in our staff’s ability to provide great customer service as we strive to achieve the goals set forth by our mayor and council.”