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Posted on: June 25, 2021

Interim Director named for Crystal Coast Economic Development

CARTERET COUNTY, NC – Effective July 1, 2021, Michele Querry will serve as the interim director for Crystal Coast Economic Development after the departure of the current director, Don Kirkman.

After three-and-a-half-years of overseeing Carteret County’s economic development, Kirkman announced his retirement from the position earlier this year. His last official day as economic development director will be next Wednesday.

Querry has served under the leadership of Director Kirkman for over two years and is credited with creating collaborative partnerships with a network of local and out-of-state business stakeholders, as well as the lead in receiving several development grants for the county. She was directly involved with assisting the County of Carteret and its cities and communities in economic development and job creation efforts by attracting, supporting, and retaining business in our region.

“With Don’s retirement, we are grateful for Michele’s leadership in assuming the interim director position,” said Tommy Burns, County Manager. “Crystal Coast Economic Development remains in great hands to continue its current projects while also seeking new opportunities to attract and grow business in the County. I have full confidence that the department will continue to excel under her leadership.”

As the Interim Director, Querry will assume all duties, responsibilities, and authority of the Director of Crystal Coast Economic Development. She will be paid an annual salary of $79,426.87.


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