Warren Wood was officially sworn in and began his role as Hickory's City Manager on Monday, April 10.
Wood has served as town manager of Waxhaw, NC since March of 2015 and was previously with the City of Hickory for 22 years, working in a variety of professional and management positions. His final position in Hickory, before moving to Waxhaw, was Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the City's Administrative Services, Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, as well as budget development and budget administration.
"We are very excited to welcome a City Manager who grew up in Hickory and is able to return to take on this important job," said Mayor Rudy Wright. "After a thorough interview process, we are satisfied that he is right person for the job, especially during this significant time in Hickory's history."
A native of Hickory, Wood began his career as Town Manager of Badin, North Carolina in 1991 before beginning work for the City of Hickory in 1993. In Hickory, he worked as Purchasing Agent, Human Resources Director, Director of Administration and Budget, and ultimately, Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer.
"I am honored to have been chosen for this position and I'm excited to get started in this role," said Wood. "There is so much happening in Hickory right now and I'm really pleased to be a part of it. I look forward to working with our dedicated and professional City Staff."
Wood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Administration degree from Appalachian State University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Municipal Administration Course at the UNC School of Government, an ICMA Credentialed Manager, and holds a North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Certification.
Wood is married to Dr.Amy Browder Wood, who is Assistant Provost and Dean of Graduate and Adult Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University. They are the parents of three children; Gracyn 18, Isabelle 14, and Turner 11.