Revised on: 06.19.2018 at 01:44 p.m.
Posted on: 06.19.2018 at 09:55 a.m.
Whiteville attorney Amanda Prince was appointed Columbus County attorney Monday night by the county commissioners. The 40-year-old county native will be paid $75,000 a year and begin working for the county on July 16. She currently practices law with her mother, former District Court Judge Sherry Prince.
Her appointment was on a 6-0 vote with Commissioner Giles E. “Buddy” Byrd excused from voting.
The county attorney’s position has been vacant since the former occupant of the office, Mike Stephens, was named county manager several months ago. Stephens has since been fulfilling the duties of both positions and acknowledged after the meeting that he was probably the happiest person in the room that an appointment finally has been made.
Commissioners have been seeking a new county attorney for months and have held numerous closed sessions to discuss filling the position.
Monday night’s closed session was a brief, less than 20 minutes, compared to other meetings in which the position was discussed. Commissioners returned to open session to formally vote to hire Prince as county attorney.
See Friday’s print edition of The News Reporter for more details.