A new County Manager was recently named in Caldwell County. In June of this year, the Board of Commissioners embarked on an extensive hiring process to select the best candidate to serve in that position. Late last month, the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners announced that Donald Duncan will serve as the next County Manager. The Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Duncan as the County Manager at their meeting on September 27.
Duncan is set to begin in the position on November 1. He was selected from a pool of applicants from across the region, state, and country. Applicants from as far as Georgia applied for the position, but in the end, the Board chose Duncan due to a combination of his education, experience, and personal characteristics.
Duncan currently serves as the City Manager for Conover in Catawba County, where he oversees a $32 million budget and all city operations with 153 employees. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a concentration in town, city, and county management. He also earned his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Appalachian State University, one of the top-ranked local government programs in the United States.
Duncan has Nearly 20 years’ experience as a local government manager, including serving as the Conover City Manager since 2006. The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) assisted the county with the search process. The WPCOG is a regional planning, service, and economic development agency that is owned by and serves the 28 local governments in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties.