Administration

The Town of Clayton Administration Office provides comprehensive information to the Town Council and the public, conducts operational and administrative Town business, and supports and implements Council policies to make Clayton a town of the highest standard.

The Administration Office includes the Town Manager, two Deputy Town Managers, Town Clerk, and Town Attorney. Our goal is to provide customer service that is friendly, efficient, and above standards, and to provide information to the Town's citizenry in that same manner.

  1. Rich Cappola

    Interim Town Manager
    Phone: 919-553-5002

    Rich CappolaRich Cappola came to Clayton in 2017 as the Town's first Director of Engineering and Inspections. He since has served as Director of Public Services and, most recently, as Deputy Town Manger. In his role as Deputy Manager, Cappola's focus was on integrating the master planning, design, permitting, construction, and operations and management of the Town's facilities and infrastructure. Cappola has nearly 20 years of civil engineering, design and land-use planning experience, working in both municipal government and the private sector. He currently is completing a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University and holds a master's degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from NC State, as well as a Civil Engineering degree from Clemson University. A Connecticut native, Cappola is a past president of the Stormwater Association of North Carolina and has served on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Regulatory Action Committee. He is a member of both the Southeast Storm Water Association and the American Public Works Association.


  2. Dolores Gill

    Deputy Town Manager
    Phone: 919-553-5002

    Dolores GillDolores Gill joined the Town of Clayton on March 1, 2021, as Deputy Town Manager. She previously served as Chief of Operations and Communication for Johnston County Public Schools (JCPS). Gill successfully served the school system in a variety of leadership roles, including as Chief of Operations and Communications, Chief of Staff, Area Superintendent, Elementary Area Supervisor and School Principal. She began her career with JCPS in Clayton in 1996 and served as the Principal of West Clayton Elementary School for five years before moving into district leadership. Gill holds two master's degrees and an undergraduate degree from East Carolina University. She is experienced in facilities management and construction, growth planning, and technology and communications, and has extensive experience in problem-solving, strategic planning, policy development, and the implementation and monitoring of large-scale budgets.


  3. Lee Barbee

    Interim Deputy Town Manager
    Phone: 919-553-1755

    Lee BarbeeLee Barbee has served as Fire Chief of the Town of Clayton Fire Department since 1991. In 2021, he was named Interim Deputy Town Manager for the Town of Clayton. Barbee graduated from Clayton High School in June of 1974 and his extensive education as a firefighter began immediately after graduation when he joined the Clayton Fire Department in 1975. Since joining the fire department Chief Barbee has been extremely involved in advancing the fire service and has served in numerous leadership capacities with an impressive assortment of local, state and national organizations including:  Johnston County Firemen’s Association, Eastern Carolina Firemen’s Association, NC State Firemen’s Association, Johnston County Fire Chiefs’ Association, North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs, Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and an active participant in the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Lee Barbee was named North Carolina Fire Chief of the Year in 2018.





  4. James Cauley

    Town Attorney
    Phone: (919) 832-4040

    James CauleyThe Town Attorney is James P. Cauley III of Cauley Pridgen PA. The Town Attorney attends all Council meetings and advises the Council on a full range of legal matters. The Town Attorney also acts as Legislative liaison for the Town with the North Carolina General Assembly. Mr. Cauley has extensive experience in land condemnation cases and the representation of public utilities. He has served as a legal instructor at Campbell University School of Law, Barton College and Wilson Technical College. He was a charter member of the Council for the NC Bar Association’s Government & Public Sector Section and is also a past chair of that Section. His practice focuses on business, government, and land issues and any related litigation. He is also a certified mediator and lobbyist. Mr. Cauley also serves as President of Cauley Pridgen, P.A.