County Manager interviews slated

Published 4:46 pm Sunday, June 8, 2014

GATESVILLE – For the 11th time in less than 10 years, the Gates County Board of Commissioners are in search of a county manager.

The newest search is scheduled to formally get underway this week with interviews of potential candidates. According to information shared with Roanoke-Chowan Publications, the Commissioners have scheduled seven interviews stretched over two days (June 9 and June 11).

This latest search comes after the surprise resignation of Jon Mendenhall in early February. He served as CountyManager for 13 months before deciding to leave for the Town Administrator’s job in Carolina Shores.

The Commissioners took a familiar road in finding an interim County Manager, hiring Kenneth W. (Ken) Windley Jr. effective March 10. He had served a previous stint as interim manager in the county.

Since 2005, there have been nine individuals (full time or interim) in the County Manager’s seat.

According to Roanoke-Chowan Publications records, GC Manager Mark Biberdorf left the county at the end of the 2005 after accepting a position as town manager in Fletcher, NC. That bought in Tim Russell in early 2006. He remained with Gates County on a part-time basis until resigning on Aug. 14, 2007.

The county’s Finance Officer at that time, Melinda Hoggard, served as Interim County Manager upon Russell’s departure. She was named as the full-time Manager in January of 2008, but left in April of that year after her husband’s job was relocated to Wilmington.

Paul Gregory came onboard in late April, but remained as Manager for only four weeks, forced to resign due to health reasons.

Justin Hembee and John Ed Whitehurst tag-teamed to serve as Interim Managers until GatesCounty hired Toby Chappell in October of 2008. He remained as full-time Manager until Nov. 9, 2012, leaving to take the management position in Greenwood County, SC.

Windley served as Interim Manager from late October of 2012 until Mendenhall came onboard in January of 2013.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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