Cedar Bluff Town Council

John Absher (left) will soon repalce Tom Lester as the town manager in Cedar Bluff.

CEDAR BLUFF, Va. — A former county supervisor will replace a current one as Cedar Bluff town manager at least on an interim basis.

Town Council accepted the resignation of Tom Lester, the town’s current town manager, at its June 11 meeting. Lester’s resignation takes effect June 30. At the same time, council voted to appoint John Absher as the interim town manager. He will serve in that capacity until at least July 9 when council meets again.

Council could appoint Absher to the post permanently at that time or leave him in the interim position and go through an application and interview process to search for another candidate.

Absher served eight years as a county supervisor and was succeeded by Lester when he chose not to run in 2017. Lester had less than a year on the job having replaced Jim McGlothlin last December. Absher comes to the position from managing his family’s business, Cedar Bluff Furniture.

Lester spent a month a month as McGlothlin’s assistant before taking the town’s reins Jan. 1. In similar fashion, Absher started work as an assistant town manager June 17 and will spend two weeks with Lester before becoming the interim town manager July 1.

Lester said he is resigning for personal reasons and had enjoyed being town manager. McGlothlin served the town for more than 30 years before retiring.

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