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.