Pilot Mountain fires manager


By Diane Blakemore

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners fired Town Manager Amanda Reid Monday night, without having filled the finance officer position on a permanent basis. Although no one has been appointed to the position, the standard chain of command suggests that the finance officer act as interim manager.

During their August visit to Pilot Mountain the Local Government Commission addressed issues regarding checks and balances which can only be eliminated by having both manager and finance officer signing off on financial elements. At the time there was no one filling the responsibilities of finance officer. As a temporary solution Reid contracted Michael Boaz, former manager of Weaverville, to perform the duties of finance officer while preparing for a more permanent hire.

After coming out of a closed session, the board voted 3 to 2 in favor of releasing Reid from her duties with Commissioners Armstrong and Quinn opposing. “I can not discuss the details of what happens in closed session,” said Mayor Dwight Atkins.

“The town wants to go in a new direction with a manager with more community involvement,” Atkins explained. No additional information was provided about the process that will be used to select a new manager.

After the lengthy closed session and subsequent vote, the board decided to table the remainder of the agenda to be resumed at a special meeting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18.

Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.

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