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The York County Board of Supervisors will officially vote to appoint Neil A. Morgan as the county’s new administrator next week.
Morgan, who previously served as city manager for Newport News, will start June 15 with a base salary of $155,000 — $48,000 more than the last county administrator was offered as a starting salary in 2001.
Former County Administrator James “Mac” McReynolds’ salary had increased to $187,460 by the time of his death in October, according to a spokesperson from the county.
McReynolds was the county’s longest-serving administrator.
York County announced Morgan as the new administrator in a news release last week after receiving more than 100 applications for the position.
The county hired Colin Baenziger & Associates to perform a search for candidates; the Board of Supervisors narrowed down the list and interviewed five people in early April.
Morgan, who is leaving his job in Roanoke as a senior fellow for the Virginia Tech Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement, will have until Jan. 1 to obtain residency in York County, which is required in his contract. The Board of Supervisors may extend that deadline if they deem it necessary.
Morgan was hired as an “at-will employee,” meaning he can be terminated at any time. His contract says he must give 90 days’ written notice of resignation, and if the resignation comes within two years, he must pay back some of the $8,000 of moving expenses the county is providing.
Morgan, a Newport News native, worked in various management and planning positions in his hometown before serving as city manager from 2009 to 2013, when he retired.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to become a part of a local government team with an outstanding reputation throughout the Commonwealth and beyond,” Morgan said in the news release announcing his appointment.
The York County Board of Supervisors will officially vote on Morgan’s appointment at 7 p.m. Tuesday in York Hall.