9-29-2021 – Commissioners announce new county manager

Posted on: September 29th, 2021 by admin

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By CANDICE SIMMONS CSIMMONS@NEWSTOPICNEWS.COM

Sep 28, 2021

 

 

LENOIR — During Monday night’s Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meeting at the City-County Chambers in Lenoir, Donald Duncan, the current manager of Conover in Catawba County, was formally hired in a unanimous vote.

 

Duncan has led the city of Conover for the past 15 years, where he oversees a $32 million budget, and all city operations with 153 employees. A graduate of Appalachian State University, Duncan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in political science with a concentration in town, city, and county management. He also earned his Master of Public Administration degree from Appalachian State, which has one of the top-ranked local government programs in the United States, according to a press release issued by the county.

 

Duncan will be paid $170,000 per year, and receive an additional $27,596 in annual stipends and reimbursements for job related expenses such as memberships, phone payment, car payment, and professional development, his contract states.

 

County Commission Chairman Randy Church said the extensive search started in June of this year with around 20 applicants for the position.

 

“We had a candidate that came to the top as the cream of the crop, and we feel very fortunate to announce his acceptance,” Church said.

 

Duncan said, “My family and I look forward to making Caldwell County our home. The commissioners and staff work hard to create opportunities and a wonderful quality of life for all residents. I am excited at the chance to continue to build upon their success.”

 

Duncan will replace interim County Manager Tony Helton, the county finance officer, who was appointed as interim in May following the firing of Stan Kiser.

 

Kiser, who began working as county manager on Oct. 1, 2009, was terminated for his “substantial failure to perform the duties as manager as assigned to him by the statute and by the board of commissioners,” Commissioner Donnie Potter said in the meeting when the commissioners made the announcement last May.

 

In hiring the replacement, Potter said, “There were a lot of hours, conversations, and many interviews, and quite frankly, I think hiring Mr. Duncan will be the legacy of this board that we leave behind.”

 

According to the contract, Duncan will begin his duties as Caldwell County manager starting Nov. 1, and will move to Caldwell County no later than Oct. 31.

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