Announcement is expected when DSS board meets

Last updated: September 14. 2013 12:17AM - 1593 Views
By Keith Strange Staff Reporter

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DOBSON —The Surry County Board of Commissioners is set to make a decision on who will take the helm of the county’s Department of Social Services (DSS).

Following a meeting to interview candidates Thursday night, Board Chair Eddie Harris said Friday morning that he expects the board to select a replacement for long-time director Wayne Black when it meets Tuesday as the board of directors for the department.

The board will meet at 1:30 p.m., in the conference room of the DSS department in the county administration building in Dobson.

“We interviewed three candidates who met the state criteria for the position Thursday night, and they were all highly qualified,” he said. “The interviews all went well, and I think the commissioners are probably going to give it some consideration for a few days and do their own due diligence on them. But I’d imagine that when the board meets as the DSS board Tuesday we’ll make a decision.”

The county commissioners assumed control of the department after a July 15 county commissioners meeting, where they voted to annul the department’s existing board and “assume control of all powers, responsibilities and duties performed by the former DSS board.”

Harris said that during the interview process, all the commissioners were pleased with the candidates.

“We were impressed with all three, actually,” he said. “They all did well, and I think Surry County would be well served by any of the candidates we have available to choose from.”

The three candidates selected to be interviewed were all approved by the North Carolina Office of State Personnel.

After the selection is made Tuesday, Harris said the successful applicant will need some time before he’s on site in the new post.

“Most of them indicated that they needed at least 30 days to end their present employment,” he said. “But once they’re here I’m confident they’ll be able to hit the ground running in Surry County.”

The vacancy is the result of the resignation of long-time director Wayne Black, who left the post earlier this year to take the reins of the state Department of Social Services.

Since his departure in April to assume the state director’s job on June 1, Interim Director Harry Maney has been in charge of the county department. Maney’s contract expires in October, but he has indicated that he’s willing to stay on until a replacement is hired.

The new director will oversee a staff of 110 employees and will be responsible for administering a budget of around $14.9 million a year.

The new director’s salary, depending on education and experience, is expected to be between $70,044 and $120,468.

Reach Keith Strange at kstrange@civitasmedia.com or 719-1929.

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