John Mitchell has been appointed interim director of Henderson County, a position that could lead to a permanent contract.
He will begin his new position on July 1. He is currently director of business and community development for the county.
The news was announced at the end of the Henderson County Commissioners Council meeting on Wednesday. President Bill Lapsley explained that Mitchell’s hiring is on a six-month probationary period.
Once that time has passed, board members will decide whether to offer an extended contract.
Mitchell’s salary as acting county manager is at an annual rate of $ 170,000, plus a travel allowance of $ 500 per month, according to Henderson County District Attorney Russ Burrell.
Lapsley said the board has been reviewing potential candidates over the past six weeks and decided they would rather go with a current county staff member to fill the post. Mitchell has served as Director of Business and Community Development for the past eight years.
“I am honored by the trust and confidence of the board of directors, and over the next six months I look forward to carrying out the will of this board and the people of this county,” Mitchell said after the ‘ad.
Current HenCounty Manager Steve Wyatt announced his decision to leave his post in March. Wyatt has held this position since 2006.
Wyatt was the unanimous choice to replace County Manager David Nicholson, who had retired after nine years in the post.