Last updated: October 22. 2013 12:50PM - 2305 Views
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A field of 41 applicants for the position of Ashe County Manager has been narrowed to a short list of six candidates Board of Commissioners Chair Larry Rhodes said Monday.

“It’s a pretty good group,” Rhodes said. “We have choices.”

Interviews should begin no later than the first of November, he said.

The names of the prospective county managers will not be released until all candidates have been notified of their selection for interviews, he said.

Rhodes said the time frame for putting in place a new manager is “an open-ended question…all these folks are employed,” adding “most of them don’t live here” and would have to relocate.

The search for a new manager began Sept. 3, when a county manager search committee was formed by the board, who voted unanimously to appoint themselves as the committee.

Former Ashe County Manager Dr. Pat Mitchell resigned Aug. 20, following the board’s Aug. 19, motion for her removal. The commissioners voted 3-2 to give Mitchell the option of resigning, retiring or being dismissed.

Mitchell now serves as Assistant Secretary of Rural Economic Development for the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Mitchell’s was the second resignation of an Ashe County Manager in two years. The board voted to accept Dan McMillan’s resignation in August 2011.

Ashe County has operated without an acting chief administrator for 10 weeks.

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