Santa Claus just finished checking his list regarding who’s been naughty or nice and, on Thursday, Jan. 6, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners is holding a special meeting behind closed doors to determine which county directors have been naughty or nice – or, rather, how well they’ve done their jobs in 2021.

  For county employees that duty often comes down to the county manager or department heads.  However, a select group of key county officials answers directly to the Board of Commissioners.  The board hires and fires them, and, as it will do on January 6, decides what their salaries will be.

The “direct reports” to the commissioners, who by law require annual evaluation by the board, include the following:

  • Clerk to the Board of Commissioners
  • County Manager
  • County Attorney
  • Tax Director

Three other employees have salaries set annually by the Board of Commissioners, but – per state statute – don’t get performance reviews from the board.  They are:

  • Sheriff
  • Elections Director
  • Register of Deeds

The Guilford County Board of Elections oversees the elections director and makes recommendations to the board, and the sheriff and register of deeds get performance reviews from the voters of Guilford County who, every four years, either gets rid of them or votes them back in office.

The Board of Commissioners is holding the closed January 6 meeting at 4 p.m. in the Blue Room on the first floor of the Old Guilford County Court House in downtown Greensboro. The official stated purpose of the meeting is “to immediately enter into closed session pursuant to [NC General Statutes] for the purpose of consulting with the County Attorney; to conduct annual evaluations of the Board’s direct reports; and to conduct any other necessary business.”