Person County assistant manager takes Buncombe job

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Assistant county manager Sybil Tate is leaving the Person County for a similiar position in western North Carolina.

Tate will serve as one of two new Buncombe County assistant managers.

She joins another hire who will also serve in a similar role.

Tate, who has ties to Asheville, believes this is an opportunity be closer to her family.

“I think it is a good for me and my family. I have family in the Asheville area and it is an opportunity to be closer to them,” said Tate.

Person County Manager Heidi York released a statement by email praising the work Tate has done for Person County.

“I have had the privilege of working with Sybil for the past seven years. She has been a valuable team player and has distinguished herself as an effective leader. It has been a great honor to witness her professional development and I am so proud of her career progression. Buncombe County is very lucky to have her serving as one of their new assistant county managers. She will be missed,” said York.

Tate has served Person County for seven years, overseeing several departments including recreation, inspections, planning and zoning and library, among others.

“I just want everybody to know how wonderful this community is and how honored I am to have worked with the community and I will miss you all sorely,” said Tate.

Her last day will be Wednesday, July 3.

She will begin her new duties in Buncombe County, which has a population of 258,000, on July 10. She will earn $163,000 annually in her new role.

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