ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer Bryan Martin will be leaving his post with the town Friday for a new challenge in Washington, D.C.
Martin has accepted a position with U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones’ office and will start his new duties on Monday, Aug. 25.
“I’ve taken an intern position in the hopes it will morph into a full-time position. Hopefully, I’ll gain experience to move along the legislative track,” said Martin.
He said some the duties he will be responsible for will include arranging tours, constituent mailings, flag requests, mail and attending briefings and hearings.
Martin said his feelings on leaving Elizabethtown were mixed. He said while it is bittersweet, it is also an exciting and nervous time.
“Hopefully things will go well on the town’s end as well as my end,” said Martin of the future.
Martin began his tenure with the town as an intern before being hired permanently.
He said that, going forward, the town has excellent leadership and Martin said he hopes they will continue to focus on providing a good quality of life for the town’s citizens.
Martin added that the focus needs to continue on recreation and healthy activity.
“There is a community garden in the works in conjunction with the agriculture extension office,” said Martin.
The hope for the garden is that the produce grown there will be given to the Bladen Crisis Center.
“I’m glad to be a part of that,” said Martin of the project.
He said he is most proud of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant the town just received for work to be performed at Leinwand Park.
“I’ve spent the last 18 months working on that,” said Martin of the grant.
Some of the plans for Leinwand Park include the addition of a water feature, additional parking, horse shoes pits, a shuffle board area, a skate park, a half-court basketball area, and a playground for children ages 2 to 5, and tennis courts.
“There are unmet needs for types of recreation for older age ranges and little, little kids,” said Martin.
With his exit looming, he said that he will miss the people.
“I’ve enjoyed working with and getting to know individuals in town and am excited for what the future may hold,” said Martin.
He is originally from Bladen County and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill. Martin is a graduate of East Bladen High School.