County seeks resident input

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 04:59 PM

The Vance County Board of Commissioners wants residents’ insight on qualities they’d like to see in a new county manager.

A section for comment will be added to its monthly board meeting Sept. 8. Residents will be allowed to address the board and explain what kind of person should fill the position when Jerry Ayscue retires in January.

Ayscue and human resources committee members met Tuesday to discuss requirements to include in the application.

Department heads and commissioners submitted their suggestions this week, some of which include effective communication skills, knowledge of federal state and local government statutes and years of experience in county or business managerial roles.

The committee decided to refrain from requiring a master’s degree. Commissioner Dan Brummitt said some people could be qualified without one.

“When I was coming along, a master’s degree wasn’t that big of a deal,” he said.

Committee members did, however, want to find an applicant willing to live within the county limits. Brown said that was very important.

“They need to have a vested interest in Vance County,” she said.

The HR committee hopes to close the recruitment process and begin reviewing applications by Oct. 15.

Final recommendations are due to the full board by Dec. 1.

Danny Wright, a former commissioner, will be helping develop, administer and review applications.


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