Hyde County has hired an interim county manager to replace fired county manager Carl Classen.
Commissioners announced that David Smitherman will have the interim post through the end of the year. Smitherman previously was interim county manager in Onslow County, county manager in Lee County as well as town manager of Elizabethtown.
The county says it expects a full-time manager to be hired after new commissioners are elected in the fall. Commissioners also okayed the payment of a one lump sum severance payment to Classen. That total has yet to be determined by the county attorney.