A man offered the position of North Wilkesboro town manager early this week hadn’t replied with his decision by Thursday afternoon but indicated he would do so by 5 p.m. Friday, said interim Town Manager Ed Evans on Thursday.

The applicant is still considering the offer and if he accepts it, said Evans, “we will probably plan to introduce the person at the June 27 meeting if it works out…. The candidate indicated a final reply by 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday).” The board’s regular monthly meeting on July 2 was rescheduled for June 27.

The North Wilkesboro commissioners unanimously approved terms of the job offer to the candidate following a closed session meeting Monday afternoon.

On Tuesday, Evans confirmed that the commissioners had decided to make an offer to one of seven finalists interviewed recently. He added then, “Not much else can be said as it is just an offer and will likely generate discussion and negotiations.”

Evans said the candidate, offered the job, lives in North Carolina. He said terms of the hiring would be announced in a public board meeting if the candidate accepted the offer and the board voted to hire him.

He said 32 people from nine states applied for the town manager position. Of those, 11 had previous experience as town managers.

North Wilkesboro officials are also trying to fill the position of director of planning. So far, Evans has interviewed one candidate for the position, and that person was scheduled for a second interview this week.

Evans said earlier, “If we don’t hire from among those interviewed, there is still a chance of reposting or going back and interviewing other applicants.”

Evans has been interim town manager since March 1. Larry South resigned as manager on Feb. 19. Commissioners have said they want the new town manager to start work on July 1, the first day of the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Samuel G. “Sam” Hinnant resigned as the town’s director of planning and community development on Nov. 1, 2018. In his absence, Kelly Coffey of the High Country Council of Governments has served as interim planning director, working about two days a week.

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