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Commissioners appoint interim county manager

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.

The 411 on Wake County getting out of the mental health business Monday

The editorial board and some news reporters met with Wake County manager David Cooke and several other folks this week to get an update on upcoming changes that are transforming the behavioral health system. The other participants were Denise Foreman, assistant Wake County manager; Brian Sheitman, medical director at WakeBrook and a UNC psychiatrist; Jack Naftel, vice chair of the UNC Department of Psychiatry; Anita Watkins, strategic relations at Rex; Rob Robinson, COO of Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, and Alan Wolf, media relations at Rex/UNC.

I heartily thank Alan, a former N&Oer, for his synopsis here of the situation:

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