Jordan named in Ashe Co. manager talks
by Anna Oakes
Rep. Jonathan Jordan of Jefferson was suggested as a potential candidate to fill in as interim Ashe County manager, a commissioner said Thursday.
Ashe County Commissioner Williams Sands said one of the Ashe
commissioners -- who he declined to name -- suggested Jordan's name in a recent
email to other commissioners.
"I know they're thinking about interims and who we could get. I didn't comment one way or the other on it," Sands said. "That was mentioned as their suggestion as being a candidate."
The Ashe County board is searching for a new county manager after voting 3-2 on Aug. 19 to ask previous County Manager Pat Mitchell to resign or face termination. Mitchell resigned Aug. 31.
Sands confirmed that Jordan's "name has been kicked around in a lot of rumors." Sands said he has not researched the issue himself, but that it was his understanding Jordan could legally serve as county manager while being an elected member of the N.C. House of Representatives.
"To me, it would look like it would be a conflict of interest," he added.
Watauga Democrat is seeking clarification on state laws regarding the eligibility of local government employees to hold elected offices.
Reached Thursday, Jordan said, "I really don't have anything to say about that. People can talk all they want."
"My primary service is in the state House, and that's what I really enjoy the most," he added.
Sands said he does not feel the county needs to hire an interim manager, especially with applications for the long-term position due in about 30 days.
"I feel like personally that if we brought an interim in ... they wouldn't be up to speed enough to really help us that much," he said. "I don't know of anybody around here in the county that could step in and be very helpful for the next 30 days or so."