LUMBERTON — The new president of Robeson County’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Monday will call on the county commissioners to hire a black as an assistant county manager.
Robert Davis said that he will also ask the board that the person hired for the position be one who is acceptable to members of the county’s black community.
“The manager must be one who meets all of the requirements for the position,” Davis said.
Davis, who was installed Saturday as the NAACP’s president, told The Robesonian that when he addresses the board at Monday’s meeting, he will introduce himself to the commissioners, describe the mission of the NAACP, and urge a working partnership between the county and his civil rights organization.
“I’m not going to be discussing anything involving legal action,” Davis said. “I’m just going to be asking the commissioners to partner and work together with us.”
County Manager Ricky Harris will review applications for the manager’s position and recommend to the commissioners who should get the job.
The position to be filled is the one that has been held on an interim basis by Charles Britt, the county’s fire marshal and director of Emergency Services, since former Assistant County Manager Rod Jenkins — who is black — left in June 2011 to become deputy director of Human Services for the Cumberland County Health Department. Britt, who is white, has acknowledged that he has applied for the job.
The county in the past has had two assistant managers, but there has been only one since Harris became the county’s interim manager when former Manager Ken Windley left the position in November 2010. Harris was named permanent county manager in June.
Among requirements for the job is graduation from a four-year college or university with five to seven years of “increasingly responsible experience in administration and management in the public or private sector with knowledge of personnel practices or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities … .”
A master’s degree, which has been required in previous searches for assistant managers, is not required.
Absent from the agenda is any discussion about the commissioners pay and benefits. Harris late last year, acting at the commissioners’ request, did a study that show the commissioners pay and benefits are far above those of fellow commissioners in nearby counties.
At Monday’s meeting, the commissioners will also:
n Act on business brought before the board by Ronald Oxendine, the director of the Robeson County Housing Authority.
n Consider appointments to the county Parks and Recreation Committee.
n Hold public hearings on two rezoning requests that would allow for 15,000-square-foot lots with county water.
n Hold a public hearing on a conditional-use permit request by James W. Chavis, of Philadelphus, that would allow for the establishment of a mobile home park.
n Hold a public hearing on a request for a conditional-use permit that would allow for the establishment of a family cemetery in Philadelphus.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the commissioners room of the county administration building on North Elm Street.