Currituck hires Iredell official as new assistant county manager
From staff reports
Friday, August 31, 2018
CURRITUCK — A longtime employee of Iredell County has been hired as Currituck County’s new assistant manager.
Ben Stikeleather, currently strategic planning and communications manager for Iredell, begins work in Currituck on Oct. 1, a county press release states. He’ll be paid $91,832 annually.
“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 in the press release. “Home is a sacred thing and the fact that Currituck County has invited me to make it my home is very humbling.”
Stikeleather said he hopes he “can make (Currituck) staff and citizens proud” in his new role.
“I am excited about helping make Currituck County the place that the citizens want it to be,” he said.
Stikeleather has worked for Iredell County for 12 years. Besides his current role, he’s also worked as a county planner, solid waste supervisor, director of public transportation, and assistant to the county manager.
Currituck officials created the assistant county manager’s position in this year’s budget. They have said they hoped to hire someone for the job as soon as possible to give them time to work with County Manager Dan Scanlon, who has announced his plan to retire next summer.
Scanlon could not be reached Friday for comment.
According to Currituck’s press release, Stikeleather has played a key role in a number of county initiatives while in Iredell. He helped with startup of a shingle recycling program, partnered with municipalities in the county to provide additional transit options for citizens, began the county’s strategic planning process, and worked on an award-winning land development code.
Statesville is the county seat in Iredell. Other municipalities include Mooresville, Davidson, Harmony, Love Valley and Troutman.
Stikeleather holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a master’s degree in public administration from Appalachian State University.
Stikeleather and his wife have three children, ages 7, 4, and 10 months.