Hyde Co. Commissioners Hire Interim Manager

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.


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  • by top notch Location: hyde on Jun 17, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    It looks like our new interim manager is doing a very nice job for hyde co. taxpayers. He still has a lot more cuts to do. The fiance office is over paid ,salaries needs to be cut or jobs. Still a lot of dept. heads and employees walking the halls or taking off. Some are afraid to take off. Keep up the good work mg.
  • by Maxon Location: Ibx on Jun 6, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    Commissoiner/chairman and the co. attorney should be made to pay back the money like Mayo was.Only its more money. What are the fiance office doing got their heads in the sand.They don't even have to answer question ask by a commissioner.
  • by Just looking Location: hyde on Jun 6, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    To all the ones : Hyde co. will never grow, you elect commissioners, they go in for personal gain, for their self or family members.They scratch each others back to do their dirty dealings. Not only did they pay Classen a severance pkg., now they have present letters to employee with 20 years, a nice little pkg for them to retire. Again family members on the board taking care of family. Employees with 30-40 years of service going to give them 10,000 to 20,000 dollars to leave why not just fire them, that cost nothing. Again taking from the poor. About the ABC Store some body has been doing a lot of drinking with FRIENDS, or giving it away. STAY TUNE the surface is just being scratched.
  • by Driver Location: NC on May 28, 2010 at 10:35 PM
    It is so amazing all that goes on in Hyde. The commissioner is fired for “Creating too many county Jobs?” The ABC store is all but closed and may soon be… 60K missing from the ABC revenues? It’s a sad state of affairs when a Liquor store can’t turn a profit. And all the while there are more undocumented persons of Latin decent that live free, get food stamps, housing, medical etc. And not one person cares in that county. Well if the word “Illegal” can be turned into “Undocumented” then I would have to say that the person who is committing a B&E is not trespassing or breaking and entering but rather just an “Undocumented Guest”. And that county is concerned over an oil spill that could spell disaster for the counties fishermen in the coming months, yet allow DOW and AUDOBON to close the beaches. What’s the difference why the beaches are closed? Either reason will kill that counties only source of revenue from that poor island that foots their bills. Glad I moved away years ago!
  • by Bane Location: outside the box on May 24, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    11 county managers in 15 years...not a good track record for Hyde Co. Who in their right mind would want to be #12 with that kind of job mortality rate. There is a good reason why Hyde is known as "The Road Less Travaeled". Until this county can get elected officials that can see beyond their own noses nothing will ever change here!
  • by Anon Location: Hyfe on May 22, 2010 at 08:11 PM
    Can u believe a lawyer serving as commissioner/chairman and a hired attorney, would accept a deal for the county thry are sworn to serve and take money from the POOR people in Hyde to give to a dud. UNBLIEVABLE..
  • by Frank Location: native on May 21, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    County and City Managers work solely at the pleasure of elected officials, very often a volatile situation. Therefore, to recruit and hire qualified persons, governments quite often have to offer term contracts which protect the manager (example of buying houses, moving expenses, etc.) as these are unique positions. A nurse, attorney or engineer can work almost anywhere, but there are a finite number of manager jobs in county and city government. It really seems a poor and pure politics decision to let the manager go with just several months left on his contract - in the middle of a budget process, forcing the county to pay for two managers simultaneously. Of course, Hyde isn't known for brainpower decisions, is it? How many managers in the last 15 or so years again? 8 or so? Managers and commissioners' convictions? Other good employees ran off?
  • by OpenCarry on May 21, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    How does someone who is fired qualify for a severance package? I doubt that anyone who actually works for a living gets severance when they are fired. If Classen is so incompatible with the rest of the commission (or if he is just incompetent) then he should just be shown the door and pointed in the direction of the unemployment office, like any other average Joe. Is this "severance pay" or is it some sort of "hush money"? What is the REAL story here? Something doesn't pass the "sniff test" here...
  • by You Are Kidding? Location: NC on May 21, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    I don't even know what to say. I am sure someone out there does though. All I know, I am glad I do not live in Hyde anymore. Nothing is ever going to change there, no matter who they put in as commissioner.
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