BREAKING NEWS: Dearmin leaving Pilot Mountain for King

Wendy Byerly Wood Civitas News Service

January 19, 2014

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Town Manager Homer Dearmin formally announced Monday afternoon that he will be leaving Pilot Mountain to be town manager of the city of King in mid-March.

Dearmin was named manager of Pilot Mountain in October 2011 during a time when the town was facing financial troubles and has been able to increase the town’s fund balance since being hired from 4.4 percent to between 24 and 25 percent.

“I have been privileged to work with an excellent group of elected officials and employees at the town of Pilot Mountain,” said Dearmin Monday. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in a short time and will miss Pilot Mountain and Surry County very greatly.”

He announced his resignation in a letter to the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners Friday.

“This is an opportunity for career advancement and the betterment of my family that I couldn’t pass up, but I will miss the folks that I’ve worked with and come to love over the past two years,” he said.

Dearmin confirmed that his salary at Pilot Mountain is $65,520 annually, and he will be going to King with a salary of $85,000. His last date with Pilot Mountain will be March 16 as he will report to King on March 17, a city where he interned in 2006 during his time earning a master’s degree in public administration from Appalachian State University.

Pilot Mountain Mayor Earl Sheppard has called a special meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday to formally accept Dearmin’s resignation and to see how the town of Pilot Mountain will proceed with the selection of the next town manager, Dearmin reported Monday afternoon.

Prior to his time at Pilot Mountain, Dearmin, a Pinnacle native and graduate of East Surry High School, served as town manager of Walnut Cove from January 2007 to October 2011.

“I’m only going to be a county away,” Dearmin said of his involvement in area groups like the Pilot Mountain Masonic Lodge and the Pilot Mountain Civic Club.

“I’m definitely going to keep in touch to make sure there is a smooth transition over the next couple of months with Pilot Mountain,” he added.

Dearmin said in addressing the citizens of Pilot Mountain Monday, “I appreciate the opportunity you have given me here, and thank you for the confidence you have placed in me as your town manager.

“You have been a great employer, and I have enjoyed working for you and for the citizens of Pilot Mountain over the last two and a half years,” he continued. “Among our accomplishments is the restoration of the town’s financial position, completion of the Pilot Center project, and the effective and efficient administration of town services to our citizens. We have added curbside recycling services, enhanced our office operations and hired talented new employees who will be vital to the town for years to come.”

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