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East Spencer continues search for town administrator, withdraws offer from candidate

EAST SPENCER — The East Spencer town board is continuing its search for a new town administrator after a meeting earlier this week was continued.

The board met twice with candidate Darrell Foxx, who told a Post reporter that the town made him an offer that he countered.

The first meeting the board held was two hours long. It continued negotiations at a second meeting Aug. 1. During the board’s regular Aug. 5 meeting, it rejected Foxx’s counteroffer and withdrew the original offer.

Aldermen Tony Hillian and Dwayne Holmes voted against that decision while Aldermen Curtis Cowan and John Noble and Alderwoman Deloris High voted in favor.

Foxx, an East Spencer native who has recently worked overseas, is the uncle of Alderman Hillian, who is running for mayor.

In April, the board hired former Granite Quarry Town Manager Phil Conrad as its interim administrator for a term that has since expired. The previous interim administrator, F.E. Isenhour, resigned in March. He had been interim administrator since December 2016 and, before that, had been the town planner since 2014.

David Jaynes was in the administrator’s job 15 months before he resigned. Before him, Macon Sammons Jr. stepped down in 2015 to become grants and special projects coordinator, a job he still holds.

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