Washington County Manager Leaves After 45 Days

Washington County's new manager didn't stay long. Robert Bencini, who was hired only in May, announced he's left.

A two-line news release says only that Bencini has resigned and that commissioners have named Cheryl Young as interim county manager. Young has been county attorney and assistant county manager since 2008.

Bencini began work June 7th as deputy county manager and replaced David Peoples when he retired June 30th. He had been community and economic development director for Guilford County.


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  • by In the Know Location: Plymouth on Aug 17, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    Mr. Bencini left because it wasn't a good fit for him or for Washington County. You are misinformed if you think the County Attorney was the impetus. Washington County is lucky to have her. She has integrity, works diligently on projects she is assigned by the board, and is a strong supporter of Washington County.
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      by yeah right on Aug 23, 2011 at 08:42 AM in reply to In the Know
      you must either be the county attorney or sitting in her pocket if you think that...wake up and get real!!
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        by agrees with yeah right on Aug 26, 2011 at 07:04 PM in reply to yeah right
        She does not know what integrity is. Agrees that people need to wake up and get real.
  • by Keith Location: Plymouth on Aug 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    I do not know what happened. All I know is Washington County lost a good man
  • by anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 at 04:36 AM
    Some people need a lesson in North Carolina basic history. Obviously you did not learn it in school. Yes there is a Washington County with Plymouth as the county seat. And yes there is a Beaufort County. They are not the same! Get your facts straight before commenting. Why not let the elected officials do their job? The hiring, firing & accepting resignations. The manager resigned for whatever reason he is gone - let the process begin again & move forward. Maybe we need to be looking from within the county & leave the outsiders to find jobs elsewhere. Local people work, stay & pay taxes in a county where they plan to retire & live & we think it's plenty good enough for our families!
  • by Keith Location: Chocowinity on Aug 16, 2011 at 08:13 PM
    Bill Matthews - Who's the Bozo? Richardson is Beaufort County. Guess that's whey you don't like people, because you are confused.
  • by anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:19 PM
    Washington County is one of the few counties in North Carolina that did not raise their current tax rate, did not layoff any employees and still has a fund balance exceeding 8%.
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      by chick on Aug 17, 2011 at 01:35 PM in reply to anonymous
      That was Mr. David Peoples doings, thank you.
  • by typical Location: enc on Aug 16, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    Washington County , they dont expect crooked personel thay demand it.
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      by SR on Aug 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM in reply to typical
      haha that's right!!
  • by Clean House in Washington County Location: Wenona on Aug 16, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    I agree, ask the County Attorney. She likes to run things in Washington County. IF the truth be known, she was running the show during the special election. She interceded the Elections Board and told them what to say. Our county manager leaving after 45 days smells fishy and I have a strong feeling the County Attorney is behind it. Please bring him back and send her down the road. Food for thought. Our County attorney's real home is Chapel Hill. If she was worth her salt as a Lawyer, why does she have to come 150 miles to little ole Washington County to find a job
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 07:08 PM
    If you want to know what happened, ask the County Attorney/Assistant County Manager; she knows. Local gossip says she is the problem. She lives in Chapel Hill and works in Washington County. Looks like there would be plenty of lawyer jobs up there. Her family won’t move down here. What is wrong with this picture?
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      by WB on Aug 16, 2011 at 02:23 PM in reply to
      Did you consider that Chapel Hill does not want her either?
  • by WHY Location: enc on Aug 15, 2011 at 04:57 PM
    Would it not be better to say why he is gone.than to let us think a bad mistake was made in chosing him ? Who will choose the next one ? And yes there is a Washington County.
  • by confused on Aug 15, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    Washington County Manager. Does WITN mean Beaufort County Manager? I am confused.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 04:32 PM in reply to confused
      They are talking about the Washington County, County Manager.
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      by adl on Aug 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM in reply to confused
      Seriously? You don't know about the existence of an entire county??
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        by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:07 PM in reply to adl
        Yes I do know of both counties and in fact pay property taxes in both counties. I couldn't tell by the previous post which mentioned Hood Richardson (that and the headline) as to which county they were talking about. Yes it was confusing briefly. Thanks for the clarification.
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