Kent Winrich resigns as broadband director

Published 9:58 am Thursday, August 25, 2016

By Amanda Raymond

SALISBURY — Kent Winrich, the city’s director of broadband and infrastructure services, has resigned from his position.

According to Linda McElroy, communications director for the city, City Manager Lane Bailey accepted Winrich’s resignation Wednesday afternoon.

Winrich was director of broadband and infrastructure services, including Fibrant, for almost two years.

Evans Ballard, a budget and benchmarking analyst, will serve as interim director effective immediately.

According to a press release, Ballard has worked in the city’s finance department for 14 years and has been responsible for things such as the preparation of annual operating and capital budgets, the development, coordination and direction of a city-wide performance measurement system and the organization of cost-benefit, productivity and management analysis.

“With his strong background in analysis, Ballard has been a supporting presence in Fibrant’s financial management,” McElroy said in the press release.

Ballard will temporarily oversee the network and information services, and Bailey has asked him to make Fibrant “financially viable,” according to the release.

McElroy also said the city appreciates the work Winrich did and wishes him well in the future.

Winrich did not wish to comment on the matter at this time.

Contact reporter Amanda Raymond at 704-797-4222.