Waxhaw’s new manager a Hickory official

Waxhaw’s national search for a new town manager led them 80 miles north to the city of Hickory.

Warren Wood, Hickory’s assistant city manager and chief financial officer, will take over the top job in Waxhaw on March 30, the town announced this week. He beat out nearly 100 candidates.

Wood, a Hickory native, has 24 years of local government experience and has been the assistant city manager in Hickory since 1999.

Waxhaw is a fast-growing town in western Union County, with an estimated population of 11,300. Hickory, in Catawba County, has a population of about 40,400.

Waxhaw used the executive recruitment firm of Ralph Andersen and Associates to help with the search.

In a statement, Hickory City Manager Mick Berry called Wood a well-respected member of city management who was well-liked in the community. Wood helped develop Hickory’s budget during the recession and is leaving the city in “great financial shape,” Berry said. “Waxhaw is getting a good one.”

Waxhaw cited Wood’s expertise in municipal finances and operations in its announcement about Wood’s new job. Wood is married with three children, ages 9, 12 and 16.

Waxhaw’s previous town manager, Mike McLaurin, retired last year; Greg Mahar served as interim manager.

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