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Michigan woman named Orange manager

Posted May 19, 2014

— The Orange County Board of Commissioners on Monday named a new county manager.

Bonnie Hammersley, the county administrator for Muskegon County, Mich., will start work in Hillsborough on June 25. She succeeds Frank Clifton, who retired as Orange County manager last September.

As county manager, Hammersley will lead the day-to-day operations of Orange County government, interacting with the Board of Commissioners, county departments and the general public.

"Ms. Hammersley possesses impressive experience, has worked in a progressive community and brings a striking combination of competence, confidence and thoroughness. She is a good listener and, by all accounts, a hard worker and an adept practitioner of the collaborative skills we value,” Barry Jacobs, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said in a statement.

Hammersley has served for 26 years in county government. Before working in Michigan, she spent 21 years working with Dane County, Wisconsin.

More than 50 applicants from 15 states expressed interest in the Orange County position.

“Orange County offers a wonderful quality of life, political stability and the community aggressively addresses the issues in a progressive and proactive manner. This is a great professional opportunity,” Hammersley said in a statement.

Assistant County Manager Michael Talbert has headed daily operations on an interim basis since Clifton's retirement. Talbert is scheduled to retire June 30.


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  • btneast May 20, 2014

    Do we not have qualified north carolinians for these positions?Evidently not.....I suspect it was more of finding a qualified person that fit the "progressive" mindset that is so prevalent in Orange County.

  • Obamacare for America May 19, 2014

    So happy for her! She looks very friendly.

  • Todd Wright May 19, 2014
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    So Orange should hire somebody less qualified so we southerns don't have hurt feelings? Ummmm ok.

  • Super Hans May 19, 2014

    Good to see the state continue to bring enlightened northerners down to show us the way. Forward together!

  • Forthe Newssite May 19, 2014
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    Why does every new mgr or other have to be from somewhere else. Do we not have qualified north carolinians for these positions?