Yadkin County officially seated former deputy county manager Aaron Church as its new county manager Monday as his family and mother watched in the audience. The county's new manager grew up and attended school in Wilkes and Surry County. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice with minor in religion and philosophy He later earned a master of public administration degree in public management from ASU. According to his biography, Church has over eight years experience in local, state and federal government. Prior to graduate school he worked as an intern for the North Wilkesboro Police Department, and was spent one year as a consultant for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. After a short period in the N.C. General Assemblys budget session, Church worked an a congressional aide for the U.S. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx for two years and has spent the last three years in Burke County as the Assistant to the County Manager. Church is married to Erica. They have three children. Aaron will be moving to Yadkin County this month. Church is a member of the United Methodist Church and West Bend Lodge No. 434 and Catawba Valley Lodge No. 217, A.F.&A.M. After the announcement of Church's appointment, the county commissioners proceeded with adopting the 2010/11 budget. There was no tax increase for the county as it approved its $36,963,000 budget Monday, leaving the tax rate at $.74 per $100 valuation. A one percent cost-of-living adjustment was added to the budget if the economy improves. Two Yadkin County residents offered comments during the open portion of the commission meeting, including Brent Hunter. County board members talked about agriculture and farmer's markets and cooperatives to get crops sold and not spoiled. "This is a fantastic opportunity for our farmers," said board member Kevin Austin. "It looks like a great idea." He said he attended the GOP meeting in Winston-Salem last weekend and met officials from Bladen County who wanted to know more about the county's dam. East Bend will get aid from the county to look into its water system, having already set aside $13,000 itself. Two town representatives were present. County budget cuts have severely hurt agencies like Yadkin County Emergency Services at 201 Cherry St. There is a need for four to six part-time personnel members. One paramedic had resigned recently. The county board decided to put off for another meeting discussion over money for legal costs for board members sued. Board member Brady Wooten asked that the board defer action on an audit firm, and board members learned it might take up to a month to get the process moving on such a move. An RFP would not be needed for the item, the board learned. "I'm sure all counties are similar in bookkeeping," Wooten said. "I'm just saying we should give management an opportunity to come up with a most cost-effective alternative." The next meeting will be in two weeks.
Yadkinville Town Council The Yadkinville Town Council met Monday night, held a public hearing, and no one spoke on the budget. Yadkinville Town Manager Joseph Sloop said the board will probably adopt it on June 25 at 11:30 a.m. "Until they adopt it, if something needs to be changed, it still can be changed until they adopt it," he said. The budget includes a tax increase $.04 per $100 valuation.