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County to introduce new finance director at Monday meeting

Staff Writer

A new finance director will be introduced by County Manager George Wood Monday night at the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Following the retirement of Leon Harmon, who was recognized at this past Monday’s meeting with the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” Wood had said a decision on a replacement would be made within the week.

When Wood spoke with the Times-News in December about selecting candidates to run the county’s Department of Finance, he initially thought the process might take until March or April. At the time, Wood said one or two in-house candidates were also being encouraged to apply.

As of Wednesday, Scott Cook, the finance office’s chief accountant, has been filling in as the interim finance director.

It was also announced Monday that Public Works Director Burns Whittaker has submitted his resignation, effective Feb. 20. Wood said Whittaker will be moving back to Alabama for reasons involving family. County officials are now beginning a new search to replace him.

Other items on Monday night’s agenda include:

There will be a presentation to Eagle Scouts Tyler Heavner, Spencer Byers and Alex Fox.

Wood will present a resolution ordering the advertisement of delinquent real-estate property tax liens.

Whittaker will present bids for the replacement of the cooling tower at the Lincoln campus of Gaston College. He is recommending the contract be awarded to Lakeside Heating and Air for roughly $60,000.

Three zoning public hearings will be conducted.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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