Caldwell County Hires New County Director


In June of this year, the Council of Commissioners embarked on an extensive recruitment process to select the best candidate to serve as the next County Director. Hiring a county manager is one of the most important decisions a board of directors makes. This has an impact on the effectiveness of council and services to residents and businesses in the county.

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that Donald Duncan will be the next County Director. The council of commissioners voted to appoint Duncan as county manager at its September 27, 2021 meeting, and he is expected to take office on November 1. Duncan was selected from a pool of applicants from across the region, state and country. Candidates from as far away as Georgia applied for the job, but ultimately the jury chose Duncan because of a combination of his education, experience, and personal characteristics.

Duncan is currently the city manager of Conover in Catawba County, where he oversees a $ 32 million budget and all city operations with 153 employees. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in city, town and county management. He also received his Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Appalachian State University, one of the top ranked local government programs in the United States.

President Randy Church said of Duncan’s selection: “We are impressed with Mr. Duncan’s knowledge and experience. He has extensive management experience, particularly in the construction of infrastructure and facilities as well as in economic development. strategic vision, and it will be of great value to Caldwell County. ”

Donald Duncan said, “My family and I look forward to making Caldwell County our home. Commissioners and staff work hard to create opportunities and a wonderful quality of life for all residents. I am delighted to have the chance to continue to build on their success. . “

Here are some highlights and accomplishments of Donald Duncan:

  • Almost 20 years of experience as a local administration manager, notably as Conover City Manager since 2006
  • Significant economic development including 5 million square feet of reoccupied industrial space and the construction of an additional 2 million square feet in Conover
  • Oversee the redevelopment of the former Broyhill Furniture site in downtown Conover through the mobilization of partnerships and grants in excess of $ 13 million, including the rehabilitation and creation of Conover Station
  • Construction of the Manufacturing Solutions Center which is operated by Catawba Valley Community College and serves clients across the United States and around the world
  • Served in a leadership role to create Greenway Public Transportation, North Carolina’s first urban-rural transportation authority
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Public Transport of the Green Lane
  • Vice Chairman of the Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Coordinating Committee at the Council of Governments of Western Piedmont, which is responsible for the region’s transportation planning
  • Appointed as an accredited manager by the International City / County Management Association

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) assisted the county in the research process. WPCOG is a regional planning, service and economic development agency that owns and serves the 28 local governments of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.

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