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William "Todd" Herms
Courtesy of Gary Herman, Alexander County Public Information Officer

New Alexander County Manager Named By Commissioners

Following an extensive search and interview process, the Alexander County Board of Commissioners has selected William “Todd” Herms to serve as the new County Manager, effective August 12. Herms’ appointment was formally announced at a special meeting on Wednesday (June 26).

Herms has 18 years of experience as a municipal manager in North Carolina, having served as the Town Manager for Maiden since July 2008 and the Town Manager for Badin from 2006-2008.

During his time in Maiden, Herms focused on economic development and growth, evidenced by the town’s 765% growth in the tax base since 2008, which includes three different billion-dollar projects.

Alexander County Board of Commissioners Chairman Josh Lail said there were 20 applicants for the county manager position. He said in a news release from the county, “Of those who applied, we were especially interested in Todd and his experience in municipal management, budgeting, and economic growth,” He added that “Todd is a perfect fit for our community”

Herms attained his Master of Public Affairs degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Western Carolina University. He is also a graduate of the Municipal and County Administration Course and the Public Executive Leadership Academy (PELA) at the UNC School of Government. He also completed the Williamsburg Leadership Institute and the Gettysburg Leadership Institute offered by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) assisted Alexander County with the manager search process. The WPCOG is a regional planning, service, and economic development agency owned by and serving the 28 local governments in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties.