The Henderson County
Board of Commissioners met for a continuation of the regularly scheduled
meeting held on Monday,
February 6, 2006. The meeting was held at in the Commissioners' Conference Room
of the HendersonCountyOfficeBuilding.
Those present were:Chairman Bill Moyer, Vice-Chairman Charlie
Messer, Commissioner Larry Young, Commissioner Shannon Baldwin, Interim County
Manager Justin Hembree, Assistant
Interim County Manager Selena Coffey,
and Clerk to the Board Elizabeth W. Corn.
Also present were: Public
Information Officer Chris S. Coulson, Deputy Clerk to the Board Amy Brantley,
and Margaret Street
and Connie Rayfield of our Legal
Absent were:Commissioner Chuck McGrady and County
Attorney C. Russell Burrell.
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Chairman Moyer called
the meeting back to order and welcomed all in attendance. He explained that in
most of the Board’s closed sessions recently the Board had been discussing a
replacement for County Manager David Nicholson who recently retired. The Board
went through a several month process to try to get the best possible CountyManager
for HendersonCounty. He stated that there were many
very good qualified candidates. The Board went through a careful process to
evaluate all aspects of the procedure.The Board came to a unanimous consensus as to who they thought would be
the best future CountyManager for HendersonCounty.The decision was Mr. Steve Wyatt who was
present at the meeting.
Steve has extensive
experience in North Carolina, currently
serving as the CountyManager in MooreCounty. Prior to that he
was the Deputy County Manager in CatawbaCounty and prior to that was the CountyManager
in PolkCounty, south of us.He has had a lot of experience in committees
of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, being very involved
in the key issues.He has a tremendous
record of accomplishments as a CountyManager.It was the strong feeling of the Board that with
Steve working together with the other fine people in our management group,
particularly Justin Hembree who is
the Interim County Manager and Selena Coffey,
who is the Interim Assistant County Manager, we will have an excellent
management team to move this county forward in the future years.
Commissioner Young made the motion that the County contract
to employ Steven D. Wyatt as County Manager, effective the tenth day of April
2006, at an annual salary of $130,000, pursuant to the terms of a previously
negotiated contract. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Chairman Moyer stated
that Commissioner McGrady is out of town.He wanted to try to get back to be at the meeting but was unable to do
so.He has been in all the meetings and
discussions, as have all the Commissioners.Commissioner McGrady asked Chairman Moyer to be sure to convey that he
is 100% behind the decision and wished he was present to vote.
Signing of the Employment Contract
Steve Wyatt came forward
and he and the Chairman signed two copies of the Employment Contract.
Chairman Moyer stated
that by law we are only required to release the salary and certain other key
terms in the agreement.On behalf of the
Board, Chairman Moyer talked with Mr. Wyatt and they think that the contract
should be entirely open and available to the public.Mr. Wyatt has signed a release form so the
full contract will be available for the press and anyone who would like to see
it. All parties involved want this to be above board.
commented favorably on the hiring of Mr. Wyatt and thanked the other candidates
for participating in the process. They also thanked David Nicholson (recently
for his service to the citizens of HendersonCounty.
Chairman Moyer stated
that the employment contract provides that Steve Wyatt will begin work in HendersonCounty on April 10, 2006. Under his existing arrangement
with MooreCounty, he is required to give 60 days
notice. He then introduced Steven Wyatt to all the citizens of HendersonCounty, to make a few comments and
welcomed him to Henderson County Government.
He spoke briefly of the
competition for the position of CountyManager and stated that
it was a humbling experience.He also
spoke of the good reputation of HendersonCounty officials and
employees.He is a native of Western
North Carolina, having grown up in McDowellCounty (Marion, NC)
and this feels like a homecoming for him. All these things contributed to the
attraction to HendersonCounty. He stated that he
felt the most integral part of North Carolina Government is county
government.“Something I’ve thought a
lot about in making a career change is the challenge of managing people and
trying to achieve outcomes.I think the
key here in HendersonCounty is to build upon
what is here – this Board and the staff have set a good direction.There certainly are going to be challenges to
be met and obstacles to overcome but there’s going to be a lot of opportunity
and I look forward to working with everybody including the almost 100,000
citizens of HendersonCounty to meet the
challenges that will come our way.”
Commissioner Messer made the motion to adjourn the
meeting.All voted in favor and the
Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk
to the Board
William L. Moyer, Chairman