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Halifax County Manager Tony Brown has named Tracy Phillips as Halifax County's new human resources management director. 

The county also named Felicia Exum as the new director of the department of social services.


Phillips replaces Renee Perry who departed in March. 

Phillips was selected from a qualified pool of applicants and emerged as the top candidate after a rigorous interview and selection process.

Phillips has extensive human resources experience, serving both in state government and teaching human resources courses as an adjunct professor at North Carolina A&T State University.

Phillips obtained a bachelor's degree in political science from Bennett College, a master's degree in human resources management from NCA&T, and a doctorate in human resources development from George Washington University.

Brown said of Phillips, "I look forward to working with Dr. Phillips and to hear her input on human resources management matters."


The Halifax County DSS Board also announced the hiring of Exum as the new DSS director, replacing Dora Carter who departed in June.  

Exum, a long-serving DSS employee, has been with Halifax County for 19 years, serving as the child protective services program manager since 2018. 

She took on additional duties serving as the interim director since July 1 and was promoted after a full recruitment process.

Exum holds a bachelor's degree in political science from North Carolina Central University and has completed numerous training sessions in her career with Halifax County.

Elease Frederick, chairwoman of the DSS Board, said of Exum, "The DSS board was impressed with Ms. Exum's performance as the interim director. She has been a valuable asset to the department, is familiar with Halifax County, its needs and challenges, and is an excellent fit for the position. We look forward to working with her."

Both began their employment Tuesday.