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Candidate nominated for Chatham Co. Manager job

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Chatham County Comission Chairman Al Scott introduced the nominee for the Chatham County Manager position at Friday's meeting.

William Lee Smith III, of Goldsboro, NC, was nominated after a nine-month search for the manager's seat. County Manager Russ Abolt is retiring after 26 years.

"We will sincerely miss Russ' leadership. I am sure present and pass members of this County Commission, as well as citizens of Chatham County join me in thanking him for his year's of service and wishing Russ and Diance the very best in their future," Scott said in a statement.

Scott hired the same search committee he used when he was chairman of the ports authority and needed to hire to someone. That someone turned out to be current Executive Director Curtis Foltz.

Commissioners could vote to approve the nomination as early as their next meeting on April 11.

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