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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For the second time in less than a week, the Pender County Commission has hired an interim county manager.

Commissioners today agreed to hire Bob Murphy until a permanent manager is hired. Last week the commission appointed former county manager Rick Benton to serve as a temporary interim manger until a more permanent interim was appointed. Benton was to make $175 per hour. The county will pay Murphy, who starts tomorrow, $65 an hour.

County leaders say Benton will continue to assist the county in a consulting role on a temporary basis.

Murphy has thirty years of experience as a county and city manager, including 12 years as the Nash County manager and four years as the Carteret County manager. Murphy lives in Rocky Mount.

Benton and now Murphy fill the opening left when Mickey Duvall left the post last month.

Photo courtesy: Rocky Mount Telegram

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