Shank named Carroll assistant administrator

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By April Wright, Reporter

Just before 2009-2010 budget work sessions begin for Galax, the city's Director of Finance, Nikki Shank, has decided to resign and take a position as assistant county administrator in Carroll County.

Shank said she put in her notice Feb. 5 and her last day will be Feb. 27.

“The opportunity came up, and I'm looking forward to going to Carroll,” she said. “It's sad to be leaving the city .”

Before becoming the city's director of finance in August 2004, Shank worked seven years as assistant finance director for the Town of Pulaski.

As Shank talked about how wonderful it has been to work with the people in the city offices, she said it was difficult not to become teary-eyed.

“I'm happy for this opportunity in Carroll County,” she said. “The people in Galax couldn't have been more wonderful.”

Shank, a resident of Carroll, said this new position will provide a closer commute.

Although Shank is leaving before the city's budget process begins, she will be taking on similar budget responsibilities in the county.

City Manager Keith Holland said her resignation will not affect the city's budget process, which will continue to move forward.

He said a replacement for Shank hasn't been found, and the city will begin advertising the position this week to have someone in place as soon as possible.

Carroll County has been searching for an assistant since Ronald Newman took on the role of executive director of the Carroll County Public Service Authority, in addition to his role as assistant administrator.

“The job responsibilities for Ronald have expanded drastically,” said County Administrator Gary Larrowe. “Ronald is spending 90 percent-plus of his work time directed toward the efforts of the PSA to not only work with the daily functions of the organization but to expand the water and waste water system.”

Larrowe said there are six new PSA projects in the process and additional assistance is a necessity.

A press release said that Shank will be bringing skills to Carroll that will allow the county to deal with issues at hand as well as provide growth of the future.

“Carroll County is exceptionally pleased that Ms. Shank will be joining the Carroll team,” said David Hutchins, chair of the board of supervisors. “Ms. Shank has always had at least two dreams: one was to be able to break out of the the finance field to administration and the second was to work for Carroll County. We are assisting in making both of these dreams come true”

At the same time, Carroll has been looking for a person to move projects down the track, said Hutchins.

“I see nothing except a win-win for the citizens of Carroll, the other employees and Ms. Shank,” he said. “This will pay dividends in all directions.”

Shank will report to Larrowe.