By David Rogers. June 4, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — A small, good-spirited assemblage of Town employees and elected officials were on hand Monday morning to witness Shane Fox being sworn in as the new, full-time Blowing Rock Town Manager.
COVER IMAGE: Jim Freeman has been serving as INTERIM Town Manager and is all smiles in handing over the Town Hall keys to new Town Manager, Shane Fox. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Interim Town Manager Jim Freeman handed over the proverbial “keys to the city” as Mayor Charlie Sellers welcomed Fox. Town Clerk Hilari Hubner administered the oath of office.
After remarks by Fox reflecting his enthusiasm for returning to the High Country and taking the reins of Blowing Rock town management, each department head spoke briefly, reporting to their new boss the various projects and issues they were dealing with in their departments. After hearing from the town clerk, finance, planning, and police, Parks & Recreation Director Jennifer Brown led walking and bus tours of the town.
Fox comes to Blowing Rock after an almost six-month search by the Board of Commissioners and Mayor. He most recently served as Assistant County Manager for Cleveland County (Shelby, NC). With Cleveland County, he was charged with direct oversight and accountability of internal administrative and public safety functions, including leadership in developing and implementing an annual $150 million budget. He had an earlier stint in public accounting with Hickory-based Martin Starnes CPA firm, among North Carolina’s leading auditors of government agencies and municipalities (and the Town of Blowing Rock’s recently hired audit firm). He is also the former Executive Director of the High Country Council of Governments, which serves 26 local government agencies in the region.
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.