Town manager to retire
by Anna Oakes
The Boone Town Council in December approved an amendment to Young's contract establishing the retirement date, following closed session discussions of the matter Dec. 3 and 11.
According to the contract amendment, Young is eligible to retire Jan. 31, 2014, but the town council asked Young to delay his retirement "in light of the many important matters facing the town of Boone at this time" and so that a comprehensive search for a new manager can be conducted.
"They had asked for me to stay to assist with the transition to a new manager," Young said. "They realized that it takes a while to go through that process."
Young said he has spent 36 years in the public service sector - he previously worked for the North Carolina towns of Mount Holly and Belmont and in Georgia before becoming Boone's town manager on Oct. 14, 1991.
"I've been in local government for a long time, and I've been fortunate," Young said. "It's really been an honor and a pleasure to serve the citizens of Boone and all the mayors and boards I've worked for. Boone has been good to me."
Boone Mayor Andy Ball said he expected the search process for a new town manager to begin in early spring. Ball said the town could look not only statewide, but also nationwide to find a replacement.
"We're still figuring out that process," Ball said.
"It's always sad to lose anyone," Ball added. "But we really look forward to the next chapter. It's a very exciting time for the town."
Young's annual compensation under the extension agreement is $160,000, plus benefits.