Currituck hires assistant as likely successor to county manager

By on September 8, 2018

Currituck County has hired an administrator from the Piedmont section of North Carolina to be the county’s first assistant manager.

Ben Stikeleather, the Strategic Planning and Communications manager for Iredell County, will start his new job with Currituck Oct. 1, at a starting salary of $91,832.

The assistant county manager position was created this year to be the heir apparent to County Manager Dan Scanlon, who has indicated he will retire sometime next year.

“I’ve told the board they should pencil in June 30th of 2019,” Scanlon said. Scanlon has been employed by Currituck County for 28 years and has enough accrued sick leave to retire with 30 years of employment in October.

By staying on for another 10 months, he’ll be able to help the new assistant manager get up to speed, he said.

“Thankfully, I’ve been here a long time, and it’s time to turn it over to a younger person,” he added.

Stikeleather has worked for Iredell County for the past 12 years, serving as county planner, solid waste supervisor, director of public transportation, and assistant to the county manager.

Iredell County has grown into the northernmost suburb of Charlotte with a population of more than 166,000. The county seat of Statesville is at the interchange of Interstates 40 and 77, while Mooresville is its largest town.

According to a Currituck County news release, Stikeleather played a key role in several initiatives, including the startup of a shingle recycling program, partnering with local municipalities to provide more transit options for citizens, beginning the county’s strategic planning process, working on an award-winning Land Development Code and participating in two major facility construction projects.

“It means a lot to me that Currituck County is willing to give me a chance to be a leader in their community,” Stikeleather said. “Home is a sacred thing and the fact that Currituck County has invited me to make it my home is very humbling.”

“I hope that I can make the staff and citizens proud to have me as their assistant county manager. I am excited about helping make Currituck County the place that the citizens want it to be.”

He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a master’s cegree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University.

Stikeleather’s wife and three children, ages 7, 4, and 10 months, will also be relocating to Currituck.

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