The Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed a two-year assistant manager Tuesday to serve as interim manager while the county seeks a permanent leader.
County Manager Frank Clifton retires Sept. 29 after nearly five years in the job.
Talbert was promoted to assistant county manager in 2011. He has worked closely with Clifton on many issues and taken the lead on others, including the closing of the county landfill, the Emergency Services upgrade and the Rogers Road sewer and community center projects.
He also has served as the county’s deputy financial services director and was first hired in December 2009 for a temporary Financial Services position. Previously, Talbert was the county manager in Polk County and finance director for Catawba County.
He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Elon College.