In a special meeting last night the Mitchell County Commissioners appointed a new Director of the Mitchell County Department of Social Services. Commissioners have appointed Wendy Boone as the new Director.
Boone takes over the office after the previous director, Sara Ross, was officially removed on August 25 of 2020. She was placed on leave August 3 after questions about her conduct were raised. The questions were regarding a possible contract with an IT company and a possible extra leave day for DSS employees during the Independence Day holiday. Ross was hired for the role in late 2018 and started in the position on Jan. 1, 2019.
Charles Vines, former Mitchell County Manager and current Mayor of Bakersville has been the Interim Director.