NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Sheryl Kelly has been selected to serve as an Assistant County Manager for New Hanover County beginning Tuesday, August 25. Kelly has been the county’s Budget Officer since 2018, and brings two decades of experience in budget and policy work.
In her new role, Kelly will manage the county’s Parks & Gardens Department, NC Cooperative Extension & Arboretum, Public Library, Cape Fear Museum, Soil & Water Conservation District, and Board of Elections. She was chosen after an internal search and recruitment effort.
“Sheryl brings 25 years of skills and knowledge to this new role, with a variety of budget experience, a strategic approach to setting goals and creating innovation, and an environmental and policy background that will serve our departments and the county well,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “She has managed the county’s $399 million budget exceptionally well over the past two years and has brought greater efficiencies and new measures for achievement to our organization. She is a trusted leader and I look forward to working with her in this new position.”
Kelly will transition into this new role as Assistant County Manager Kathy Stoute retires on September 1, after 13 years with New Hanover County. With this change, Assistant County Manager Tufanna Bradley will be transitioning into Stoute’s role to lead the county’s health and human services departments; and Kelly will be assuming the responsibilities of Bradley’s current departments. Tim Burgess will continue to serve as Deputy County Manager, with Chris Coudriet leading as the County Manager.
“I appreciate everything Kathy has done for this organization and our community throughout her career, which has been one built on growing within our organization and leading us to impressive achievements,” said Coudriet. “Kathy’s career path, along with Sheryl and Tufanna’s, are prime examples of the county’s focus on leadership development, employee growth, and advancement opportunities within our organization.”
Prior to joining the county’s team, Kelly was a Budget Advisor for the U.S. Department of the Treasury for ten years. She has also worked for the NC Office of State Budget and Management, NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, and RTI International. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in Economics and Business Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to advance within New Hanover County and support the county in achieving its strategic objectives,” said Kelly. “I have always had a passion for helping others understand processes and formulate strategies, as well as supporting talented and passionate teams. I have the opportunity to do that in this new role, and to also oversee the responsible use of our county’s natural resources in a sustainable way.”
Additional information about the County Manager’s office can be viewed here.