18 apply for Pasquotank manager's job


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Eighteen people are vying to become Pasquotank’s next county manager.

County Manager Rodney Bunch reported Monday that’s the number of people who applied for his job by the county’s 5 p.m. deadline on Friday.

Bunch an­nounced this fall he plans to re­tire on March 1, the date his cur­rent con­tract ends. County com­mis­sion­ers first ad­ver­tised for applicants for the im­pend­ing va­cancy about a month ago.

County officials are declining to release the names of applicants. Commissioners’ consultant in the manager search, Neil Emory of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, advised applicants to expect their names to remain confidential until they become a finalist for the position. However, Bunch did report Monday that 15 of the applicants live outside of North Carolina, a suggestion there's broad interest in the position.

County officials declined to release other information about the applicants last week, including how many are currently county or city managers and how many appeared to be male or female, based on their names. Notably, anti-discrimination laws restrict what demographic and personal information Pasquotank can ask about applicants.

Bunch said Monday that, while Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Bill Sterritt and Commissioner Lloyd Griffin have already taken a cursory glance at the applications, all commissioners are being encouraged to review the applicants’ documents before the next meeting on the manager search. That meeting will be with Emory on Jan. 8. Emory has encouraged commissioners to identify their preferred candidates, and then reach consensus on which applicants to interview.

Emory has said that holding a public meeting with finalists for the manager’s job would be at commissioners’ discretion. Some local public employers, including Elizabeth City and College of The Albemarle, have held such meetings to see how finalists interact with the community.