The North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioners’ top choice out of seven town manager candidates interviewed has agreed to accept the position, said Interim Town Manager Ed Evans Monday morning.

He said the man who was offered the job early last week and accepted it later in the week will attend the town board meeting Thursday, when he said the commissioners will vote on officially hiring him. Evans said an employment contract will be signed later.

He declined to disclose the name of the man who was offered and accepted the job of town manager.

“Nothing is official until that time. I think it would be inappropriate for me to say anything other than we have a commitment from an individual to come to North Wilkesboro as the manager until after there is an official vote,” he said.

Earlier, Evans said the candidate lives in North Carolina.

The board’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, rescheduled from July 2, is at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Also on Monday morning, Evans said a commitment was received from a woman to work for the Town of North Wilkesboro as director of planning. He said she was the only person interviewed for that position, but also didn’t disclose her name.

Evans said the woman is on vacation this week, and “I told her that we would finish the details when she returns from vacation.”

The commissioners unanimously approved terms of the job offer to their first choice for manager following a closed session meeting June 17.

Evans said 32 people from nine states applied for the town manager position. Eleven had prior experience as town managers and the seven who were interviewed were among those.

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. Kelly Coffey of the High Country Council of Governments has served as interim planning director, working about two days a week, since then.

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