Vance out as county admin end of month

Vance out as county admin end of month


County Administrator Shelton Vance announced his retirement Monday after a decade of service.

Vance was first hired in 2012 to serve as comptroller and was later promoted to county administrator in 2016. 

“I find myself in a position where it’s time for a different chapter of my life,” Vance told supervisors on Monday. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve Madison County. It’s been great. It’s been an honor.”

Vance’s retirement is effective at the end of the month. 

Prior to his announcement, Vance lauded the county’s success over the last decade including the most recent positive financial audit.

Vance said over the last decade the supervisors have strengthened the county’s financial position, increased bonding capacity, and have taken a proactive approach to debt management that didn’t require tax increases despite COVID-19 in 2020. 

Board President Paul Griffin thanked Vance for his service. 

“You have served and you have served well,” he said. “I hate to see you go. It will be hard to replace you. Thank you for your service to Madison County.”

District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen and District 4 Supervisor Karl Banks echoed Griffin’s sentiments. 

“You’ve definitely looked out for this county and this board,” Steen said. “Words cannot express how grateful we are of you being in this position.”

“I remember the first day that I met you,” Banks recalled. “From that first interview I knew that we needed you to be a part of Madison County and I’m going to miss being able to call on you for information, and advice, because we’ve shared information and advice for a long time.”

Supervisors named Greg Higginbotham interim county administrator. Higginbotham previously served as comptroller for Madison County back in 2019 and was hired earlier this month as assistant county administrator. 

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