Macon County Economic Development resigns to pursue other opportunities


Since April 15, Macon County’s full-time Economic Development Director, Tommy Jenkins, has been cutting the number of hours he is available with the intention of resigning his position entirely by June 30.

In an email sent to county leaders, Jenkins said, “I will be stepping down as director of the Macon County Economic Development Commission effective Friday, April 15, 2022. I informed County Manager Derek Roland and EDC President Plemens of my decision earlier, but requested that an announcement be delayed as I was working on ongoing projects. I will continue, on a part-time basis, to help the county until June 30. »

Jenkins was hired as director of economic development for Macon County in November 2011 after serving on both the North Carolina Council of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate. He was hired on a contract basis at $5,000 a month, with the first contract being for 8 months – he has since been renewed annually, serving over 10 years as the county’s director of economic development.

Jenkins is leaving Macon County to pursue other career opportunities that will allow him to return to his roots. He will join Highlands Sotheby’s International Realty Firm as a real estate broker. Prior to entering politics and leading economic development in Macon County, Jenkins spent more than 30 years in real estate.

“I want to thank each of you for your support during my ten years in office as we worked to build a better economic base for Macon County,” Jenkins said in his email to the county. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with an outstanding group of community and business leaders.

According to Macon County Vice Chairman Ronnie Beale, Jenkins will remain on a part-time basis while the county searches for Jenkins’ replacement.


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