After a lengthy national search, Buncombe County Manager Avril Pinder announced that Dakisha Wesley and Sybil Tate have been selected as Assistant County Managers.
“Their combined experience will significantly supplement and bring new perspectives to our existing leadership,” says Pinder. “My intentions behind a two-Assistant-County-Manager system are to provide strategic alignment, consistency, and support among departments. This will allow me to take more of a big picture approach to Buncombe County, while allowing the assistants to provide oversight of day-to-day operations of their departments.”
With more than 19 years of local government experience, Dakisha Wesley joins Buncombe County from Lake County, Illinois. Prior to this appointment, she served as Assistant County Administrator in Lake County, Illinois for the Law & Judicial and Health & Community Services departments, where she led County Board directives concerning diversity and inclusion efforts. Before that, Wesley served the City of Fort Worth, Texas for 12 years in various roles, including Municipal Court Services Assistant Director, Interim Court Director, Senior Management Analyst (Budget and Management Services), and Interim Budget Manager. There she developed a strong commitment to building and leading diverse teams of professionals.
“The opportunity to join the Buncombe County team under Avril’s leadership is one which I am grateful and excited for,” she says. “There are many great things happening in Buncombe that allow me to offer my experience and passion in advancing the County’s interests.”
Sybil Tate comes to Buncombe County from Person County, North Carolina, where she was Assistant County Manager. Sybil joined Person County Government in 2012 where she oversaw Recreation, Inspections, Library, Cooperative Extension, Person Industries, Soil & Water Conservation, and Planning & Zoning. Prior to her service in Person County, Sybil served as the Community and Economic Development Coordinator for Chatham County, where she also served as the Performance Manager assisting in the development of a Capital Improvement Plan and the preparation of the annual operating budget.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Avril and the Buncombe County staff. I look forward to serving the citizens and the Board of Commissioners. Buncombe County is an innovative and exciting place to work and I can’t wait to get started,” said Tate.