Camden finance chief, ex-interim manager leaving for Va. job


Stephanie Humphries


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Sunday, January 13, 2019

CAMDEN — A Camden County official described as the person who held the county government together in recent years is leaving to take a job with Virginia’s Isle of Wight County.

Stephanie Humphries, who has overseen Camden’s finances for four years and twice served as interim county manager, is slated to begin her job as finance director in Isle of Wight on Feb. 4.

Humphries notified county commissioners verbally of her plans last week and is expected to submit a formal letter of resignation in just a few days.

Humphries will join a county government in Isle of Wight that’s overseen by County Administrator Randy Keaton, the former longtime county manager in Pasquotank County who has family roots in the South Mills area of Camden.

Camden County Manager Ken Bowman said Humphries’ departure is a great loss for the county.

“I really hate to see her go,” Bowman said. “I sure do.”

Bowman said Humphries had been the person who held county government together in recent years as Camden saw two county managers leave for other positions. When he first arrived in Camden Humphries served as a mentor for him, Bowman said.

County Commissioner Garry Meiggs said Humphries had done a wonderful job for the county, both in keeping track of finances and in managing other functions of local government when she served as interim county manager.

“Not only is she a good person, but she is smart and she has done a good job for us,” Meiggs said. “She’ll really be missed.”

Meiggs added the Isle of Wight job is a good promotion for Humphries because she’ll be working in a larger county.

Humphries served as finance director for the Albemarle Commission before taking the position in Camden. She said she has enjoyed working in Camden and has learned a lot, especially by having the opportunity to serve as interim county manager.

She said she will miss Camden but is looking forward to her new job and to the opportunity to work with Keaton.