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Commissioners hire new county manager

William (Tracy) Jackson

Staff Writer

William (Tracy) Jackson is officially the new Lincoln County manager, following a unanimous vote of approval by the Board of Commissioners Monday night.
Jackson, who currently serves as the assistant county manager for Iredell County, will take up the post Sept. 3.
Final negotiations between him and county officials regarding his contract were announced Aug. 9.
Jackson’s interest in the position was partly because he felt it had a “good feel to it,” with many similarities between Lincoln and Iredell counties. Both have lake communities, rural parts and a county seat in the middle, he said.
As such, he added, he is already comfortable with many of the issues and needs of the area.
This will be his first time serving in the top-management job, having previously worked at the assistant-county-manager level.
Born in Raleigh, Jackson grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., and eventually returned to North Carolina to attend college at Western Carolina University. He got his graduate degree at UNC-Greensboro and has lived in various locations throughout the state.
He plans to move to Lincoln County after a month or so of commuting and, specifically, would like to live near Lincolnton.
Jackson said his first 30 days in office will likely entail getting to know the various department heads and learning the “lay of the land.”
A total of 38 applicants sought the job throughout a roughly three-month-long search process to replace George Wood, who retired at the end of June. With Wood having announced his departure in April, commissioners got the ball rolling soon thereafter to find a new county manager.
The list of candidates was narrowed down to the top 10, then, through interviews, the top five and eventually the final three choices.
Assistant County Manager Martha Lide has been serving in the role on an interim basis.
Chairman Alex Patton said he was excited to see what the future will bring.
“We look forward to working with you,” he said to Jackson following the vote to officially appoint him.

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