Haywood County bids Stamey farewell
The Haywood County Senior Resources Center was jam-packed with well-wishers as the county gave their outgoing manger a send-off party.
Marty Stamey's retirement was effective at the end of the year, and Ira Dove a former social services department attorney,and then its director, has assumed the interim manager post.
The commissioners gave Stamey a plaque and then a gift-wrapped box, which he shook and said, "at least it isn't ticking."
Turns out the gift was a watch.
"It was ticking," Commissioner Mark Swanger said.
Commissioner Bill Upton, who was Pisgah High School's superintendent when Stamey was in school, noted Stamey's deep county roots and said he "never got a paddling from me."
The commissioners called Stamey not only a good manager, but a good friend who kept them posted on a daily basis of issues they needed to know about.
The sheriff's office also gave Stamey a plaque.
Sheriff Greg Christopher said he had worked with Stamey for years and noted his helpfulness during the mid-term transition after the previous sheriff's resignation.
Food for the reception was prepared by the social service department's Meals on Wheels staff.
"Anything left over from this will be put to good use," assured Dove. "Nothing will be wasted."
Stamey called his time at the helm always interesting, but often stressful.
In February, Stamey will start his new job at MedWest Haywood where he will be in charge of emergency services, the field he previously worked in prior to becoming Haywood County's manager.