Manager search returns to county

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 06:42 PM

OXFORD — Granville County commissioners didn’t go far to find a new county manager.

Their search led them right back inside the county, and Monday they voted unanimously to appoint Michael Felts, the current finance director for the county.

His new duties start July 1. He will replace Brian Alligood, who has announced his resignation to become city manager for Washington near his eastern North Carolina roots.

In announcing Felts’ appointment, Edgar Smoak, chairman of the Granville County Board of Commissioners, wrote: “Felts was the unanimous choice of the Board of Commissioners based on his educational background, credentials, experience and commitment to public service.

“His practical experience combined with his education will certainly position him to be able to handle the many new challenges that face Granville County.”

Felts was born in Texas and grew up in Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. He holds a certificate in county administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He has served as finance director for Granville County from 1999 to 2004 and again since 2007.

He served Granville County Schools as finance director from 2004 to 2007.

Felts said since the announcement of his appointment he has been visiting with department heads.

“I always looked at things from a financial perspective,” he said. “Now it will be from a different perspective.”

He added that hiring a new finance director will be a top priority. A position announcement has been posted, he said.

“We have several internal candidates,” he added.

Commissioner David Smith was on the search committee that recommended hiring Felts for the position.

“If you’ve got somebody capable within the organization, you ought to look at them. Mike was already on board. That was a plus. He was with the school system for a while. That was another plus, since we do a lot of business with them.

“He’ll be good for the county.”

Felts is married. He and his wife Barbara have two sons, Brandon, who has just completed his first year at N.C. State University, and Ryan, who is a rising senior at Granville Central High School.

The Felts live in Stem.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.