Manager search on tight schedule

Jan. 07, 2013 @ 09:46 AM

Commissioners, who have set a March 1 deadline to hire a new county manager, will take their first look at applications Jan. 10 during a retreat.
There could be as many as 25 applications, said Chairwoman Linda Shaw.
“None of us have seen the applications yet,” Shaw said. “We’ll look through them, then have a committee cull through them.”
The first sorting could take as long as two hours in a closed session, Shaw said.
Brenda Jones-Fox is retiring Jan. 31. Commissioners hired Springsted Inc., a Richmond, Va.-based recruitment firm in September. The county will pay Springsted $24,000.
Commissioners are scheduled to interview candidates by late January with follow-up interviews expected in February. With a tight schedule, commissioners may not hire a manager by the time Jones-Fox leaves.
“I don’t know when we would vote on a new manager,” Shaw said.
Assistant Manager Sharisse Fuller also is the county’s human resources director.
“I hope she would step in as interim manager and do the job if we asked,” Shaw said. “She has done a good job for us.”
The county’s Dec. 14 job advertisement states that Guilford County is seeking “a results oriented county manager with excellent management skills and a high level of integrity and vision.”
Guilford County has had four managers since 2000.  Jones-Fox  announced her retirement in May as an end to 40 years of county service in several administrative jobs. 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.
The new manager will have to move directly into budget preparation for commissioners, who will take their first 2013 look at the budget and the economy during the retreat that starts at 9 a.m. in the Old Courthouse in Greensboro.

Manager’s job

Minimum requirements: A bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, finance or a related field. A master’s degree is desirable. Substantial public and/or private sector management experience in a comparably sized or larger city or county or business environment.

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

Search: Springsted Inc. has worked with Greensboro and helped High Point with the hiring of new Fire Chief Rick McIntyre of Jacksonville.  That search attracted 71 candidates from 24 states.