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County to vote on new manager

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The Board of Commissioners is expected to take an official vote on a new Lincoln County manager Monday night.

Chairman Alex Patton announced last Friday that William (Tracy) Jackson, who currently serves as the assistant county manager for Iredell County, would likely be taking up the post, assuming all went as planned with finalizing his contract.

If so, Jackson is expected to begin the job on Sept. 3.

A total of 38 applications was received by county officials for the position, made open following George Wood’s retirement at the end of June.

Wood made the announcement that he would be stepping down in April, and the search to find his replacement began shortly thereafter, including a meeting in early May where commissioners pinpointed the necessary career background, education and skills of an ideal candidate.

Assistant County Manager Martha Lide has been serving in the role on an interim basis.

Meetings now broadcast and online

After county officials announced the initiative in February, meetings of the Board of Commissioners are now being recorded and made available both online and on TV.

Patton has said the project was a goal of his for years as a means of transparency.

In a press release this week from county officials, they noted that as part of an effort to use “technology to promote open government,” information shared at the meetings will now be easily accessed by those citizens unable to attend in person.

The meetings, the past two broadcasts of which are already available for viewing, will be posted on the county’s website — www.lincolncounty.org — by the end of the week following the meeting. They will also air through Charter Cable, on channel 3, at 7 p.m. on the Saturday after each meeting.

Dane’ G. Patterson, the county’s chief information officer, helped to implement the service. Both new camera and editing equipment were required.

 

Other items on Monday night’s Board of Commission meeting agenda include:

  • The Planning Board will present its recommendations regarding zoning cases heard at the previous meeting.
  • Planning Director Andrew Bryant will present various reports from his department, including an update on the previously discussed issue of real-estate signage.
  • Commissioners will consider a memorandum of understanding with the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO.
  • A three-year strategic plan for the Lincoln County Public Library will be presented, the end result of its participation in a community-needs-assessment pilot project through the State Library.
  • Commissioners will weigh various contracts between the county and the city of Lincolnton.
  • Commissioners will consider some revisions to their ordinance regulating “special events and mass gatherings.”
  • Commissioners will receive an update on the county’s Employee Wellness Program.
  • The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

 

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