NHC Names Sheryl Kelly Assistant County Manager

Nhckelly SpotsNew Hanover County named SHERYL KELLY as an assistant county manager.

Kelly was previously the county’s budget officer, a role she has held since 2018. She was chosen for her new position after an internal search and recruitment effort.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to advance within New Hanover County and support the county in achieving its strategic objectives,” Kelly says.

Kelly now manages the county’s parks and gardens department, N.C. Cooperative Extension and Arboretum, public library, Cape Fear Museum, the county’s soil and water conservation district, and the board of elections.

Prior to joining the county’s team, Kelly was a budget adviser for the U.S. Department of the Treasury for ten years. She has also worked for the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, and RTI International.

Kelly takes on the new role with the county following the retirement of former assistant county manager Kathy Stoute, who retired on September 1 after thirteen years with the county.


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