Chatham commission OKs North Carolina native as county manager | savannahnow.com

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Apr

Chatham commission OKs North Carolina native as county manager | savannahnow.com

Lee Smith of Goldsboro, N.C., was unanimously confirmed Friday morning by the Chatham County Commission as the new county manager.

Smith, 49, will succeed Russ Abolt, who’s retiring after more than a quarter of a century as the county’s top administrator. He is expected to take office between April 28 and May 12, according to commission Chairman Al Scott.

Smith’s employment contract and compensation, which will include a six-month severance package, will likely be put to a vote at the commission’s next meeting on April 25, said Scott, who declined to reveal the salary agreement. The contract, he said, will be open-ended.

The salary range for the position was between $175,000 and $220,000, according to Scott.

Smith, who was said to be in North Carolina, did not attend Friday’s commission meeting.

Smith emerged as the sole finalist for the position after a nine-month search process, which included a 20-year background check and personality test, led by Stanton Chase International. Approximately 41 candidates, primarily from the southeastern part of the country, were considered for the job, according to Scott.

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