67 apply for assistant manager job in Currituck

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Currituck County Manager Dan Scanlon, shown in this December 2017 file photo, has announced he plans to retire June 30, 2019.


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Sunday, July 1, 2018

CURRITUCK — With Currituck County Manager Dan Scanlon now scheduled to retire at the end of next June, the county is moving forward with plans to hire an assistant county manager.

As of Friday, when the deadline for submissions closed, Currituck had received 67 applications for the assistant county manager’s job, county Human Resources Director Sarah Tyson said.

No timetable for hiring the assistant county manager has been announced, but Currituck commissioners have said they’d like for the person hired to have spent some time working with Scanlon before his retirement takes effect at the end of June 2019.

Scanlon, who’s been Currituck’s manager for 17 years, announced his plan to retire at commissioners’ budget work session in May. He has since firmed the date for his departure to June 30, 2019.

Scanlon said last year that commissioners had asked him to include funds in the county’s 2018-19 budget for an assistant county manager position. Given the county’s aging workforce, he said commissioners were concerned about succession plans in several key leadership posts, including his.

Commissioner Paul Beaumont said at the time the county needed an assistant county manager because it needs someone to bridge the gap between when Scanlon retires and when a new county manager is hired. He also said the hiring of an assistant county manager was justified given the growth of county government operations and responsibilities.

According to the ad the county posted for the assistant county manager’s job on the N.C. Association of County Commissioners website, Currituck is offering a salary of $87,836 for the position.

Whomever is hired will assist the county manager in preparing the county’s budget and in planning and developing programs, the ad states. Other duties will include implementing, controlling and monitoring departmental budgets, and reviewing departmental requests. The assistant county manager also will interview, hire and train employees, oversee their work, and appraise employee performance and reward and discipline employees.

Qualifications for the job include a four-year degree from an accredited university or college in either public administration, political science, business administration or a related field. Candidates should also have between five and eight years of experience in local government, although a combination of education and experience is acceptable, the ad states.

The ad also states the new assistant county manager must become a Currituck resident within a year of their starting date.