The town of Catawba has a new manager and he has Burke County ties. 

The town announced this week that S. Brad Moody will serve as the town manager. The town council voted to appoint Moody as the town manager at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 2. He will begin his tenure as the town manager on Dec. 7, and his first day in the office will be Monday, Dec. 9.

Moody was selected from a list of applicants from across the region, state and country. Applicants from as far as Michigan and Virginia applied for the position, but in the end, the council chose Moody due to a combination of his education, experience and personal characteristics.

Moody served recently as a code enforcement officer at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, where he administered the code compliance programs for several municipalities in the region. Moody previously worked in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff for Caldwell County and a probation/parole officer for the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He also served as a supervisor in the private sector for several years.

Moody is attending Appalachian State University to obtain his master’s of public administration degree. He is a graduate of Lees-McCrae College with a bachelor’s of criminal justice. He also graduated from Western Piedmont Community College with an associate of arts degree. He graduated high school in Morganton at Cornerstone Classical Academy.

“Our Council carefully considered a number of candidates," Mayor Donald Robinson said. "We like Brad’s experience, personality and familiarity with our town. We think he will represent the town well and our residents and businesses will really like him. We look forward to working with him and accomplishing good things for our town.”

Moody said he is both honored and excited to work with the town.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen by Mayor Robinson and the Town Council to serve the town of Catawba," he said. "I have had the opportunity to meet many residents and business owners. I look forward to building on those relationships and continue evolving efforts in making the town of Catawba a great place to live and work."

Moody replaces the outgoing town manager, Chase Winebarger, who recently accepted the town manager position with the Town of Sawmills in Caldwell County.

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments assisted the town 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.

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