Highest Honor

Ann Hardy receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine award

Retired Brunswick County Manager ANN HARDY received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. The award was presented to Hardy at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners meeting on October 21. 

Hardy retired at the beginning of November as the county’s manager, a role she held since May 2013. 

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor. The award recognizes those who have “made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments,” officials say. 

Hardy had previously served Brunswick in other capacities, including as director of fiscal operations for the county, assistant superintendent of finance and public information for Brunswick County Schools, and finance officer for Brunswick County Schools. 

She also served as an internal auditor, accounting supervisor, and interim finance officer for New Hanover County Schools. 

“Both prior to and during her tenure as our manager, Ann Hardy has demonstrated unwavering integrity, a relentless commitment to excellence, and a laser focus on ensuring that our government is doing the right thing for its citizens,” says Frank Williams, chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. “I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.”


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