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Carroll PSA director is latest to resign

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Jessica Montgomery is third official to step down from county government in two weeks

By Ethan Campbell

HILLSVILLE – A third county official in Carroll County has submitted a letter of resignation, two weeks after the county administrator and assistant county administrator resigned.

On June 5, Jessica Montgomery, executive director of the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA), resigned.

Montgomery, who has served the county since 2009, was originally appointed as engineer for the PSA. She was later hired in 2015 as the executive director of the authority.

Montgomery told the Gazette on Thursday that her decision is not connected to other recent departures from county government.

“I have been presented with a really great employment opportunity, one that I was actually made aware of back in February,” she said. “It’s something that I feel like God opened the door for me on, and I’ve taken some time before giving thought to it.”

Over the past several years, Montgomery has assisted in numerous projects aimed at improving existing and building new water system infrastructure throughout the county. She has also been directly involved in negotiations with other counties in both Virginia and North Carolina in obtaining the most economical rates for bulk water capacities in order to build reserve resources.

In January 2018, Montgomery and the PSA reached and agreement with the Mount Airy (N.C.) Board of Commissioners to sell water to Carroll at a reduced rate in order to serve the southern districts of the county.

Recently, Montgomery has been directly involved in the committee appointed to develop revised water rate structures in order to maximize and promote water accessibility across the county.

Montgomery confirmed that a 30-day notice of resignation was given and said her last day in office would be July 5.

“I am thankful for this opportunity to be a part of economic growth in the area, and I will continue to be transparent while working through this transition,” she said.

County Administrator Steve Truitt resigned in late May, but offered to continue working for 90 days during the transition. Assistant County Administrator Nikki Cannon resigned days later and is no longer working for Carroll government.

The Carroll County Board of Supervisors announced June 3 that it would meet within the next 15 days to interview candidates for the position of chief administrative officer. The board said it plans to meet at an undisclosed time in an undisclosed location.

On Wednesday, the county advertised the chief administrative officer position on the Virginia Association of Counties website (vaco.com). The listing says that the position will remain open until filled, and the board will begin reviewing applications on June 25.

The county had not advertised the assistant administrator or PSA director positions as of Thursday.