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Originally published: 2014-05-21 11:25:31
Last modified: 2014-05-23 10:46:37

UPDATE: Boone manager application period ends

by Anna Oakes

UPDATE: Boone Mayor Andy Ball said Thursday that the town received a total of 80 applications for the town manager's position. Below is the previous story.

The application period for the position of Boone town manager closed Tuesday, with dozens of people from around the country vying for the municipality's top job.

Boone Mayor Andy Ball estimated that the town had received approximately 60 applications during the 45 day application period, but he said he expected several more to come in at the deadline.

"We've gotten several great resumes," Ball said. "I'm really happy with how it's going so far."

The Boone Town Council in February voted to hire consultant Springsted Inc. to aid in the search for a new town manager. The new hire will replace retiring Town Manager Greg Young, who has held the job since October 1991.

Ball said Springsted worked to recruit candidates from within its own network and that the town in March advertised the open position on a number of listservs and other forums, including associations of local government officials and universities with strong public administration programs.

Posted with the position announcement was an eight-page community and position profile developed with input from the town council, town department heads and community leaders earlier this year.

In a March 7 memo, Springsted recommended a salary range of approximately $110,000 to $130,000 to ensure Boone would be competitive with neighboring towns "given the town's location, the complexity of the governmental operation, the cost of living in Boone and for comparably sized university/resort-based communities of similar governmental quality."

However, the final salary amount will be negotiated with the council's top candidate based on qualifications, experience and other factors.

According to a chart of area town manager salaries included with the memo, salaries in the region range from $103,717 in Newton, with a 2012 population of 12,971 and a manager who has held the position for seven years, to $165,000 in Hickory, with a 2012 population of 40,086 and a manager with nine and a half years in the position.

Boone's population was estimated at 17,774 in 2012.

The council last December negotiated a contract extension with Young through Dec. 31, 2014, with a salary of $160,000 plus benefits in his final year with the town.

Ball said the council would receive a report on the candidates from Springsted around the first week of June, after which the council will work to narrow the field to about a dozen candidates. The council will then conduct phone or Web interviews with candidates until two or three finalists are selected toward the end of the month, he said. The finalists will be asked to visit Boone for interviews.

"We're hoping to make an offer by early July," Ball said.