Cecil Wood

When Hank Perkins steps down as North Wilkesboro town manager on July 5 to become Lewisville town manager, a former Wilkes County manager who was his predecessor at Lewisville will become North Wilkesboro’s interim town manager.

The North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Cecil Wood’s appointment as interim town manager during a special called meeting Tuesday morning.

The action was taken after 30-minute closed session held for personnel matters. The board agreed to pay Wood $50 per hour for the part time, interim position starting July 6, with no minimum or maximum number of hours.

Wood retired when he stepped down as Lewisville’s town manager in late February. He was hired as Lewisville’s interim manager in October 2006 and was named full-time manager two months later.

Wood said when he announced his retirement that he and his wife, Sherry Triplett Wood, planned to move back to Wilkes County, where they have family and still own a home.

He was Wilkes County manager from 1986 to 1995 and served as Yadkin County manager before he took the job in Lewisville.

Perkins submitted his 30-day notice to North Wilkesboro in early June, ending a 10-year tenure as town manager here.

Wood graduated from North Wilkes High School and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in political science in 1976.

North Wilkesboro commissioners are expected to discuss the process of advertising for a new town manager during a regular board meeting that starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Hartwell Wright, human resources consultant for the N.C. League of Municipalities, last week told the North Wilkesboro board that it’s normal to spend about six months on the process of hiring a new manager.

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