NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Kathy Stoute has been selected to lead the county’s health and human services departments as an Assistant County Manager beginning July 1. Kathy has been the director of New Hanover County’s Community Justice Services for seven years and has 30 years of experience in the military, educational, and mental health fields.
As the assistant county manager, Stoute will serve as the consolidated agency director for Public Health and Social Services and oversee the county’s Senior Resource Center, Community Justice Services, and Veterans Services. She will also serve as a liaison with the court system and Trillium, both of which receive funding from the county; and help lead the county’s partnership with Trillium to construct the Healing Place of New Hanover County, which is a 100-bed treatment center for men suffering from substance use disorder.
“I am extremely honored to have this opportunity to serve New Hanover County in a new, innovative, and meaningful way,” said Stoute. “I believe in serving all people and think they should be front and center in everything we do. I am confident this will continue to serve me well in this new position.”
Additionally, the county has updated its organizational framework, promoting Tim Burgess to deputy county manager and adding a second assistant county manager position to oversee the county’s quality of life services. The updated organizational chart can be viewed here.
“We took a strategic look at our organizational plan and made important leadership changes that will help ensure we are serving our community in the best way possible,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “Kathy has transformed Community Justice Services through her leadership and care for our community. Now, she will take on a new role to guide the county through the governance consolidation of Public Health and Social Services to ensure the best outcomes for our customers.”
Stoute is a 2012 recipient of the UNCW Watson College of Education Razor Walker Award for her work with children and families across the community. She has worked with the county for 12 years and has a successful history of building and developing an organizational culture that embodies the New Hanover County model of good governance with superior customer service for its citizens. Stoute received her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from East Carolina University and is a United States Marine Corps veteran.