ONLINE UPDATE: County center switches gears and becomes own entity after termination of director

by Kelly Corbett
Friday, November 9, 2012

As the process for filling the New Hanover County Parks, Gardens and Senior Resource Center director position begins, the senior resource center is reorganizing into its own unit.

The announcement was made by county manager Chris Coudriet in a press release on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

“Effective Dec. 1, the Senior Resource Center will be managed and lead as a separate entity,” Coudriet stated. “This change will provide the county the opportunity to move forward with recruiting a director for Parks and Gardens while evaluating the most appropriate long-term organizational placement for our Senior Resource Center.”

The announcement came six days after the county released a notification that former director Jim McDaniel had withdrawn his termination appeal.

Brenda Brow, current senior resource center manager, will continue in her position but will now report to assistant county manager Tim Burgess.

Brow was hired by the county in October 2005 and has served in her current position since December 2009. Her job description and her salary will not change.

The center includes 16 standard employee positions, seven temporary positions and one vacant position.

The county plans to post the parks and gardens director position internally and public information officer Charles Smith said he anticipates a target date of having the position filled by beginning to mid-December.

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