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Hobbs heads to the beach

Hobbs heads to the beach

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One week after Madison County Supervisors accepted his resignation, county administrator Jack Hobbs has a new role.

Last week, the mayor and town council of Sunset Beach, NC announced Hobbs has been named the town’s next administrator. Hobbs will assume the role July 15.

On May 5, Hobbs notified Madison County Supervisors of his intent to retire via hand-delivered letter. The notification came one week after assistant county administrator Mary Jane Costello’s last day with the county April 28. The abrupt end of her tenure followed the board of supervisors’ meeting April 27 during which Costello was present and discussed her department’s future move into 414 N. Main Street, which is currently under construction. That meeting, like numerous others for more than a year, included a closed session “for the discussion on the assignment, appointment, promotion, performance, demotion, salaries, disciplining or resignation of the county administrator.” According to minutes from the meeting, no action was taken as a result of the closed session.

In Hobbs’ letter, he said he’s enjoyed working with elected officials, committee members, volunteers, employees and friends of the county and as a group, “they are Madison County’s greatest asset.” He said he hopes like them, he’s helped Madison become a better community. He also said he was also grateful for the “many gracious expressions of professional assistance and personal courtesy directed to my family and me by the folks in the county.”

According to Sunset Beach officials, Hobbs was chosen for the town administrator position following a lengthy process that began in September after the resignation of the former town administrator.

“I am looking forward to this opportunity and helping the mayor, town council and town staff as they work to protect and improve the community, provide outstanding services to the residents and business operators in Sunset Beach and enhance the experience of visitors to the area,” Hobbs said. “In the coming weeks, my focus will be on meeting with town employees, community leaders and residents to gain a better understanding of the culture of Sunset Beach and its priorities.”

Hobbs will remain in his Madison County Administrator position until July 1, after which time he’ll use his accrued terminal leave until it runs out at the end of October. After that time, his formal employment with the county would end and his VRS retirement would begin. Employees who retire under VRS are allowed to continue to receive benefits and work providing they do not work for an employer that participates in VRS.

County supervisors are currently searching for its next administrator. Board of supervisors chairman Clay Jackson said the county is already advertising for the administrator position and will begin considering applications June 9. Costello’s assistant administrator position has been reworked into a director of finance position, the job she was originally hired to fill before the administrator duties were added, and is also being advertised. Listings for both open positions are available online at

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