The North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioners, following a closed session meeting Monday afternoon, agreed to the terms of an offer to one of seven candidates for town manager.

Interim Town Manager Ed Evans confirmed that the commissioners decided to make an offer to one of the seven candidates interviewed recently. He added, “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 will be announced in a board meeting open to the public if the candidate, who is a man, accepts the offer.

Evans said 32 people from nine states applied for the 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 Friday that both positions remain open until filled. “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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