FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After nearly three years leading the Boiling Springs government, Town Manager Lucas A. Shires has formally submitted his letter of resignation. Shires has accepted a position with ColeJenest & Stone, P.A. in Charlotte, NC where he will practice landscape architecture, land planning, and urban design. His last day as Town Manager will be January 29th, 2021.
Shires, a graduate of Clemson University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, was hired as Boiling Springs Town Manager in March of 2018. His previous land planning, city planning, urban design, and development expertise were a great fit for the Town as they transitioned into an enhanced bedroom community with more amenities and businesses for residents and worked towards the goal of respectful growth. “I am proud of the work we have achieved in such a short period of time and I am confident that the Mayor, Town Council and staff will sustain the momentum and that the Town will continue to grow respectfully and with purpose. We have a terrific Mayor, an adept Town Council, and the most competent and hardworking staff I’ve ever worked with.”
During his tenure, the Town completed a Downtown Master Plan + Corridor Study, completed renovations of the Town Park, adopted a new logo, are well underway with an effort to overhaul the Land Use Ordinances, created a Community Engagement Committee, hosted the first-ever Christmas Tree Lighting event, finished many other projects, and started many other efforts. Shires also led the charge to renegotiate many aging Agreements, to boost employee morale, increase pay for Town employees, obtain a School Resource Officer for the elementary schools, and bolster the Town’s presence in the County. Shires served on the GCLMPO TCC Committee and the CCEDP Executive Committee in his professional capacity, was a member of the Boiling Springs Area Rotary Club, and served on the Cleveland County Planning Board, the Cleveland County Historic Preservation Commission, and the Cleveland County Arts Council Board of Directors. “This community was special, is special, and will always be special. It is an incredibly viable and integral component of Cleveland County, home to Gardner-Webb University, the adopted home of the Broad River Greenway, and filled with vibrant and caring citizens. I am beyond proud of the work we have done and fortunate to have had this opportunity to serve.”