Blowing Rock hires new Town Manager

Blowing Rock hires new Town Manager
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By David Rogers. April 26, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — After nearly six months of searching and deliberations, the Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners appears to have hit a local governmental “home run” in hiring Shane Fox to the Town’s top administrative post, replacing Ed Evans after his retirement at the end of November and relieving current interim manager, Jim Freeman.

COVER IMAGE: Mr. Shane Fox is Blowing Rock’s new town manager. Photo submitted by the Town of Blowing Rock, reformatted, enhanced and edited by Blowing Rock News

Fox will formally assume his position and duties on June 3rd.

Currently serving as the chief financial officer (CFO) and Assistant County Manager for Cleveland County, Fox will relocate to Blowing Rock from Shelby, NC.

Four things from Fox’s background stand out in what he is bringing to Blowing Rock.

  • During his tenure in Cleveland County, he was charged with direct oversight and accountability of internal administrative and public safety functions. This experience promises the potential for identifying new efficiencies in town government, as well as the potential for assisting the Board of Commissioners to more effectively and appropriately perform their duties in policy-making oversight
  • As CFO of Cleveland County in leading the development and implementation of an annual $150 million budget, Fox brings an abundance of municipal finance knowledge, with the potential for new ideas regarding funding sources with which to achieve Town goals and objectives
  • In his previous career in public accounting, particularly with Hickory-based Martin Starnes CPA firm (one of North Carolina’s leading auditors of government agencies and municipalities), Fox had significant exposure to the ways things are done and should be done in municipal government
  • As former Executive Director of the High Country Council of Governments, serving 26 local government bodies, Fox should be well-versed in the inter-relationships Blowing Rock shares with other agencies. That experience might in particular help bridge any issues with the Town of Boone and Watauga County, as well as with Caldwell County

Originally from Granite Falls, NC, Fox graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting. He is a member of the International City/County Managers Association, the Government Finance Officers Association, and has served on numerous boards during the past 18 years.

Fox and his wife, Jennifer, will live in Blowing Rock with their three children: Ryan, Caroline, and Owen.


About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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