During this morning’s (Monday, June 6) meeting of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, it was announced that Mick Berry, currently City Manager for the City of Hickory, will become the new County Manager for the county, replacing Tom Lundy, who is retiring, effective August 1. Mr. Berry will move into his new position on July 5. Mr. Berry has been the City Manager for Hickory since 2004. A veteran of over 25 years in local government management, Mr. Berry, who began his career as a Budget Analyst in Catawba County, becomes Catawba County's second County Manager since 1979.
In addition, at today's Catawba County Commissioners meeting, the board approved the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget. The budget amount is $252,801,734 and includes no tax increase. The county property tax rate remains at 57-1/2 cents.
In addition, at today's meeting, Commissioners acknowledged the passing of longtime County Public Information Officer Dave Hardin. Mr. Hardin passed away suddenly at his home at the age of 56.