PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - The Pender County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously voted to extend its contract with State Representative Carson Smith, who has been serving as the county’s temporary emergency management director.
The county hired Smith in early March to replace Charles “Chuck” Tear, who had only served as emergency management director for two months after long-time director Tom Collins retired.
The timing of Smith’s arrival was significant – confirmed cases of COVID-19 had begun popping up in nearby counties (with Pender County seeing its first case soon after) and hurricane season was just a few short months away.
The county’s initial contract with Smith was for a four-month period. The now-approved amendment extends Smith’s contract another eight months through March 24, 2021.
All other terms of the contract remain in effect, including pay – $10,000 a month – and the clause that allows the county to suspend, modify or terminate the contract should Smith have to self-quarantine or otherwise be unable to fulfill his duties.