Ayscue retiring as manager of Vance County

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

After 30 years of service, Vance County’s manager will retire January 2015.

Jerry Ayscue is the county’s first — and only — manager.

“It is an incredible privilege to work with so many dedicated people here in Vance County,” he said. “One of the greatest things for me has been the relationships I have enjoyed over the years.”

He has served as county manager since Nov. 1, 1984, and previously worked as an administrative officer with the Department of Social Services for almost eight years, serving as interim director two different times while there.

He said the six-month notice provides county commissioners the time to develop an appropriate process to recruit and hire a replacement.

Commissioner Terry Garrison has served with Ayscue on the board for 26 years.

“I was surprised to earn of Jerry Ayscue’s notice of retirement and, being selfish, I would rather that be later than now,” he said. “I do respect his decision to retire and certainly wish him and his family the very best. We have been fortunate to keep him as county manager for as long as we have. The progress Vance County has made during his service can be directly attributed to his leadership.”

Commissioner Dan Brummitt has been on the board and served with Ayscue for eight years.

“He’s been there a long time and has a great wealth of knowledge,” he said. “I hate to see him go, but I wish him the best.”

Vice chairman Archie Taylor Jr. said Ayscue will be missed.

“The county is losing one if its great treasures with Jerry Ayscue retiring,” he said.

Commissioner Tommy Hester said he was surprised to hear about Ayscue’s retirement.

“I’m so privileged to have the opportunity to work with him when I was chairman last year,” he said. “It will be very hard to replace someone like Jerry.”

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.