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1/1/2021 12:42:00 AM
Important Jobs Yet To Be Filled

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

It's a new year!  2021 has at last arrived.  The end of 2020, what we have called 'the Lost Year' because so many regular annual events got cancelled because of the pandemic, also means that some familiar faces will no longer be in the places where they have served our community.  

City Manager Steve Zickefoose's last day on the job was Thursday (Dec. 31st).  Richie Haynes was chosen to succeed him in that position.  Former Supt. Dr. Lory Morrow left the Lincoln County Schools back in October.  Dr. Aaron Allen has been serving as the Interim Supt. but no replacement for Dr. Morrow has yet been named by the Board of Education.  We understand that their committee meetings on Tuesday (Jan. 5th) will discuss that.  While board chair Mark Mullen responded to our query about the number of applications the board has received with no information, informed sources tell us that the schools have received only two resumes--Dr. Allen has applied for the job and one other unidentified person.  

Mullen answered our inquiry: "I have not followed up with Mr. Shatley [school board attorney] on the application process. The full board will discuss it on January 5th as a group with him."

While she's still on the job for now, Kathy Vinzant will be retiring in March as the Executive Director of the United Way of Lincoln County.  The United Way board decided before Christmas to extend their original deadline for receiving applications.

Fred Jarrett, chair of the board, told us:  

"I don’t think we’ll ever find someone to replace Kathy and her personal passion to meet community needs. The mold was broken when they made her. Lincoln County has been very fortunate in having her serve as United Way of Lincoln County executive director.

"In terms of hiring an executive director, we established an executive director search committee consisting of five board members. The search committee and the executive board met and developed the attributes and proficiencies both committees felt necessary for the next executive director. We advertised the job opening and had a good number of applicants. When the applications were evaluated against a rubric, we had a minimal number that met the attributes and proficiencies but enough to begin interviews. Once we began scheduling interviews we learned that two applicants had already accepted other jobs and one was no longer interested. That’s when we made the decision to post the job opening again in mid-December for another month. The search committee felt that there needed to be five to seven qualified applicants for an initial interview with applicant pool being reduced to two or three applicants for a second interview.

"We hope to move through the two interview phases as quickly as possible because Kathy’s retirement occurs the later part of March. The key to filling the position will be based on qualified applicants applying from the second posting of the job opening.
"We do hope we can have the position filled before Kathy retires."

So far, the School Board has not extended the January 1st deadline it originally set for receiving applications for the Superintendent job.  

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