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Dearmin leaving Pilot Mountain for King

Wendy Byerly Wood Civitas Media

January 20, 2014

KING — 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.


Prior to his time at Pilot Mountain, Dearmin, a Pinnacle native, served as town manager of Walnut Cove from January 2007 to October 2011. In 2006 he served as an intern for King while earning a master’s degree in public administration from Appalachian State University.


“I appreciate the opportunity this city gave me to begin a career in public management,” Dearmin said. “I am excited to come back to King and put my experience and ideas to work with King’s City Council and our citizens, and to work with the various departments of King’s city government to bring about the best outcomes for King moving forward.”


Dearmin said he believes in being an active member of his community and realizes that being approachable and available as a city manager is a key function of that role.


“I want citizens to know that I am going to make time for them, and listen to their concerns,” Dearmin said, “I’m going to work alongside them in King’s civic organizations, and be engaged with them in city events and volunteer opportunities. We all have to engage with each other to make King the city we want it to be.”


He said he shares the council’s vision to provide citizens top quality services.


“I appreciate the confidence that the mayor and city council have placed in me, and I look forward to meeting the citizens of King and working on their behalf,” he said, adding that both he and his family are excited about becoming part of the King community.


“My wife Kris, my son Harrison, and I look forward to meeting everyone and getting involved in what we can already tell is a great city. We are excited and grateful for this wonderful opportunity,” said Dearmin. “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.”


Dearmin’s salary at Pilot Mountain is $65,520 annually, and he will be going to King with a salary of $85,000, he reported. His last date with Pilot Mountain will be March 16. He will report to King on March 17.


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 of the general fund 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.


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.


“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.”