Fox sworn in as Blowing Rock Town Manager

Fox sworn in as Blowing Rock Town Manager
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Shane Fox, Blowing Rock Town Manager

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

Town Clerk Hilari Hubner, left, swears in Shane Fox as new Blowing Rock Town Manager on Monday at Town Hall

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.

Mayor Charlie Sellers, left, welcomes new Town Manager Shane Fox at a special meeting of the Blowing Rock Town Council on Monday.

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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