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Angela Reece was sworn in as Black Mountain clerk last Wednesday, replacing Darlene Whisenant, who retired this week.

Reece is a native of Haywood County who has worked in state government for more than seven years. She holds a master’s degree in public affairs.

“Black Mountain is in many ways like Waynesville, where I grew up,” she said. “Coming here was an easy decision. There is a strong sense of community here, and I was welcomed from the very first time I entered Town Hall. It was like coming home.”

Whisenant held the position for more than five years. She is retiring to Hendersonville to spend more time with her family.

“I have worked with two mayors, three town managers and several board of aldermen,” she said in an email.

“With each change of leadership,” she continued, “I have grown professionally and very attached to my co-workers, volunteers and citizens of Black Mountain. Whether you are a longtime resident, a seasonal visitor or just passing through, you will find this community to be friendly and inviting.”

Town manager Matt Settlemyer said Whisenant did her job efficiently and pleasantly.

“Darlene has been the consummate professional in her time with Black Mountain,” he said, also via email.

“Black Mountain is a better place because of the enthusiasm and energy that Darlene brought to her job every day,” Settlemyer said.

Reece trained under Whisenant for a month.

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