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Jackson County manager announces his departure

Jackson County Manager Don Adams spoke before the board at the commissioner's meeting on Tuesday October 24.
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Jackson County Manager Don Adams spoke before the board at the commissioner's meeting on Tuesday October 24.

Jackson County Manager Don Adams has announced his retirement.

Much of Tuesday night’s Jackson County Commissioners meeting was spent in closed session.

After almost 30 minutes behind closed doors, Chairman Mark Letson announced that no action was taken in closed session. Then Letson added a resolution of the mutual termination of the county manger’s contract to the agenda.

The resolution would release and waive employee rights for county manager Don Adams’ contract.

Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the agreement.

A press release states that the board and Adams "amicably came to an agreement to end Mr. Adams' employment."

Adams has been employed by the county since 2016 and will continue in the position until December 31, according to a county press release.

Adams thanked the commissioners for the decision. He praised county employees and leadership that he had worked with in a press release explaining his retirement.

“Due to personal reasons, including health and other personal issues, I believe it is in the best interest of the County and for me to step away and retire. This will allow for other leadership to take my place,” Adams said in a press release. He said that he will remain living in Jackson County.

Chairman Mark Letson thanked Adams for his service.

“Mr. Adams has served Jackson County well. The Board of Commissioners greatly appreciates his service to our community and we believe the agreement reached reflects our positive opinion of Mr. Adams. We wish him the best. As mutually agreed, it is in the best interest for Jackson County to move forward with transitioning to new leadership. We look forward towards accomplishing this task. Transitioning to new leadership will assist the Board in achieving other positive goals and objectives within our community,” Letson said in a press release.

Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.