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Pender County begins search for new manager, McEwen resigns

Chad McEwen will be taking over as county manager October 18. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Pender County)
Chad McEwen has resigned as Pender County manager, a position he’s held since October 2019. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Pender County)

PENDER COUNTY — Pender County will soon be looking for a new county manager as Chad McEwen tendered his resignation earlier this week.

During a closed session at Apr. 19’s Pender County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, McEwen announced he had taken another position outside of Pender County. He has not yet disclosed where his new offer will take him.

“I was shocked that Chad had decided to leave his current position with Pender County but wish him well in his future professional endeavors wherever they may be,” county commissioner chairman David Piepmeyer said in a press release.

McEwen has served as Pender County’s manager since October 2019, working for the Town of Burgaw for 13 years prior.

When he announced his leaving, McEwen requested a 30-day notice, which commissioners rejected since they are in the midst of budget season. Instead, commissioners are requiring McEwen to work out the full 60-day notice period, as stated in his contract. The county’s budget should be solidified and voted on in June.

The county will begin its search for a new county manager and the job is already posted on its website. Legal residency of Pender County within 12 months is required and the salary range is listed as $120,288 to $180,433.

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