Brunswick’s Lawing offered Guilford job

Mar. 14, 2013 @ 06:03 PM

Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing is a finalist to become the next Guilford County manager.
Lawing confirmed speculation Thursday that he has been offered the job. Also, Phil Norris, chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, told the Star-News of Wilmington Thursday he had been told of the job offer.
“I want to wait for the final board vote before I say much more,” Lawing said. “I am interested in the job, but I want to wait to talk.”
The Guilford County Board of Commissioners could offer Lawing the job as soon as March 21. If he takes the job, Lawing, 52, will succeed Brenda Jones-Fox, who retired Jan. 31. Sharisse Fuller, assistant manager, has been interim manager. She also is the county’s human resources director.
Speculation started Thursday when the weekly Rhinoceros Times reported, without naming sources, that commissioners would offer the job to Lawing.
“That’s when the calls started,” Lawing said. “My chairman and others are aware that I applied for the job.”
Lawing, who has been Brunswick County manager for 12 years, was a finalist for a similar job in Horry County, S.C., last year, according to the Star-News. He previously was city administrator for Conway, S.C.
The Guilford County manager directly supervises 650 of the county’s 2,300 employees. Brunswick County has 940 employees. Lawing holds a bachelor of arts and master’s degree in political science from Appalachian State University.
He earns $175,862 a year.
Guilford County has had four managers since 2000. Commissioners named Jones-Fox, then county finance director, interim manager in 2008 following the sudden retirement of former County Manager David McNeill and promoted her in 2009.

Manager’s Job

Salary: Negotiable. Former County Manager Brenda Jones-Fox earned $183,200 a year.

Search: Springsted Inc., a Richmond, Va.-based recruitment firm, helped commissioners reduce the number of manager candidates to seven by January. The company helped High Point with the hiring of new Fire Chief Rick McIntyre.