Top Guilford Jobs Still Open

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 09:12 AM

County officials are still working on two tracks to fill several key administrative posts.
Commissioners are scheduled to hold closed sessions Thursday and Friday to continue discussions on candidates for the clerk to the Board of Commissioners job. Longtime clerk Effie D. Varitimidis retired in June with 30 years in government service. Varitimidis joined what became a stream of departing veteran county officials.
County Manager Marty Lawing said hiring a human resources director to succeed long-time director Sharisse Fuller, who also was an assistant county manager, is still his top priority.
“We have been interviewing for this job and I hope by next week we can make an offer,” Lawing said Monday. “I could tell when I came in that this job would be a priority to fill.”
The remainder of the director hirings will be in stages.
“The planning and development director will be next,” Lawing said. “We could start interviews as soon as next week.”
Betty Garrett was a longtime interim planning director. She retired after 36 years. Les Eger is interim director.
“Some of these interims have worked for years,” Lawing said. “We need to get all of these jobs filled and get the right people.”
Just a few of the applications for the jobs come from Guilford County government employees, however, Lawing said.
In the next tier are directors for EMS, information services and a director for the new facilities, property and parks management department.  Those jobs have yet to be advertised.
Alan Perdue, EMS director recently retired. Jim Albright, who has been deputy director of emergency services since 1989, is interim director.  Barbara Weaver, information services director, retired with 16 years service. Bridget Lindsey is interim director.
Lawing’s first move this month was to consolidate the facilities and the property and parks management departments into one department. One director will supervise three divisions. The facilities and property department has an interim director because of recent retirements.
“We have 20 resumes for that job,” Lawing said.
Several commissioners like the idea of combining offices without any layoffs.
“This excites me,” Republican Commissioner Hank Henning of Jamestown said during a board meeting earlier this month. “We still have people working and we have made an efficiency.”

Consolidation

New Department: Commissioners approved this month the consolidation of two departments into one for management of county building maintenance, property control and parks.