Staff Responsibilities & Contacts

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County Manager
Dan LaMontagne
919-542-8200
dan.lamontagne@chathamnc.org

Dan was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners as the interim chief executive officer of the county, following the retirement of Renee Paschal on October 1, 2018. Major responsibilities are:

  • Overseeing the overall county operations within the policies adopted by the Board of County Commissioners, with a special focus on external programs, intergovernmental relations, environmental issues, facilities and public works.
  • Maintaining relationships between the county and the community
  • Facilitating coordination between county departments
  • Promoting effective management practices and priorities for departments and employees

Contact Dan on matters requiring action by the Board of Commissioners or general county management issues and questions. 

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Deputy County Manager & Finance Officer
Vicki McConnell
919-542-8213
vicki.mcconnell@chathamnc.org

Vicki serves as second in command. and helps with various county management issues. On-going responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with oversight of overall county management operations, with a special focus on finance
  • Serving as director of the Finance Office, including oversight of the annual audit, bond issues and other financial reporting

Contact Vicki about general administration and financial issues.  

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Budget Director 
Lisa West
919-545-8483
lisa.west@chathamnc.org

Lisa provides support to the County Manager's Office by:

  • Developing the operating budget
  • Working with departments on measuring performance and developing work plans
  • Evaluating departments and services for effectiveness and efficiency
  • Overseeing the county’s nonprofit allocation process
  • Administering county JCPC funding (juvenile justice)
  • Other professional support, including special studies and evaluations

Contact Lisa on county budget issues, nonprofit grants and JCPC issues.

 
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Budget Analyst
Darrell Butts
919-545-8333
darrell.butts@chathamnc.org

Darrell assists the Budget Director with budget duties.

 

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Policy Analyst
Stephanie Watkins-Cruz
919-545-8398
stephaniew.cruz@chathamnc.org

Stephanie is the key person assigned to:

  • Provide staff expertise on affordable housing and support the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • Research county policy issues and make recommendations.
  • Provide general assistance and support to the County Manager

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Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners
Lindsay Ray
919-545-8302
lindsay.ray@chathamnc.org 

As Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, Lindsay's duties primarily include:

  • Preparing agendas and materials for commissioner meetings
  • Recording and preparing board meeting minutes
  • Completing follow-up to meetings, such as maintaining updated ordinances
  • Coordinating public records requests

Contact Lindsay to request to have items placed on the agenda or to speak at a Board of Commissioners meeting, to obtain a copy of minutes, to sign up to receive email notices of meeting agendas, or to inquire about meeting follow-up activities. Also contact her about any public records requests. 

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Paralegal
Vacant
919-545-8308

Duties are providing paralegal assistance to the staff and support for the County Attorney

 

 
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Human Resources Director
Carolyn Miller
919-545-8301
carolyn.miller@chathamnc.org

Carolyn’s primary duties include:

  • Recruiting and selecting new employees
  • Developing and enforcing personnel policies
  • Developing and overseeing benefits programs
  • Developing and offering classes for employee development
  • Monitoring work-related accidents and injuries
  • Managing the county’s pay-for-performance

Contact Carolyn on general personnel issues and the topics listed above.

 
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Benefits Manager
Andrea Brady
919-542-8289
andrea.brady@chathamnc.org

Andrea is primarily responsible for:

  • Managing employee benefits
  • Posting new job positions and recruiting for those positions

Contact Andrea about job openings and employee benefits.

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Human Resources Analyst
Courtney Goldston
919-545-8370
courtney.goldston@chathamnc.org

Courtney is primarily responsible for:

  • Assisting in the creation and documentation of policies and procedures
  • Developing job descriptions and other documents for specific positions
  • Managing the employee intranet
  • Conducting research & analysis to be comparable and in compliance
  • Serving as a resource during recruitment and selection

Contact Courtney for general questions about human resources.

 
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Safety & Risk Manager 
Marilyn Grant

919-545-8359
marilyn.grant@chathamnc.org 

Marilyn is responsible for: 

  • Overseeing workplace safety and meeting OSHA requirements, including employee training, accident investigation and safety policies
  • Handling risk management and claims for automobile, general liability, and workers' compensation
  • •Handling logistics for employee courses offered through its Leadership Academy
  • Managing county leases of office space

Contact Marilyn on any of the topics listed above.

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Director of Community Relations & Media Contact
Debra Henzey
919-542-8258 or 919-548-4662
debra.henzey@chathamnc.org

Debra has a range of diverse duties, including:

  • Serving as the primary webmaster for the county website
  • Writing and distributing news releases
  • Serving as the primary contact for the news media
  • Serving as a resource to staff and the Board of Commissioners on civic engagement and public information
  • Producing public information materials, such as the annual report
  • Maintaining list of commissioner appointments to boards and committees, collecting applications to serve, and publicizing vacancies.
  • Maintaining the government access channel on Time Warner Cable and CenturyLink networks

Contact Debra on general questions about how county government works, website suggestions, commissioner appointments to boards and committees, and other topics listed above. More information here.

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Veteran Services Officer
David Kennedy
919-545-8334
david.kennedy@chathamnc.org

Contact David about potential benefits available for veterans, their dependents and survivors. For more information, click here.

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Administrative Support Specialist and Deputy Clerk 
Emily Tellman
919-542-8200
emily.tellman@chathamnc.org

Emily is the person who most likely will greet you on the phone or when you enter the County Manager's Office. She also serves as Deputy Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, which means she helps with their meeting agendas and meeting followup.