Orange County names new manager

May. 19, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

The Orange County commissioners have chosen Bonnie Hammersley as the next county manger beginning June 25.

The official vote on Hammersley’s appointment will take place 7 p.m. Thursday during the commissioners’ budget hearing  at the county Department of Social Services in Hillsborough Commons.

Hammersley will replace Michael Talbert, who is serving as interim county manager until his retirement on June 30. Hammersly will begin work June 25. Talbert replaced Frank Clifton, who retired in September.

Hammersley has 26 years of experience in county government, most recently as county administrator for Muskegon County in Michigan where in 2009 she  became the first female to lead the county. She spent 21 years working with Dane County in Wisconsin prior to her work in Michigan.

Hammersley has a degree in business administration from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.

 “Orange County offers a wonderful quality of life, political stability and the community aggressively addresses the issues in a progressive and proactive manner,” Hammersley said. “This is a great professional opportunity.”

As county manager Hammersley will lead the day-to-day operations of Orange County government and work with the general public. She will report to the county commissioners.

Commissioners’ Chairman Barry Jacobs said that he is pleased with the board’s decision.

“We’re very pleased Bonnie Hammersley is coming to Orange County as our new manager,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Ms. Hammersley possesses impressive experience, has worked in a progressive community and brings a striking combination of competence, confidence and thoroughness.

“She is a good listener and by all accounts a hard worker and an adept pracitioner of the collaborative skills we value,” Jacobs said.

More than 50 people from 15 states applied for the position.

The county will host a “meet and greet” from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Link Government Services Center at 200 South Cameron St. in Hillsborough to offer the public an opportunity to meet Hammersley.