BURGAW – Pender County commissioners announced Chad McEwen is the new county manager. McEwen has served as Pender County Assistant County Manager for the last two years. Prior to working for Pender County, McEwen worked for the Town of Burgaw for 13 years, seven of which he was town manager.

“Chad has proven leadership and management skills,” said George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners. “We are pleased he has agreed to step into the role of county manager.”

McEwen will replace Randell Woodruff, who is stepping aside to become Brunswick County’s new county manager.

McEwen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington with an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as the county manager for Pender County,” said McEwen. “I greatly appreciate the confidence shown in me by the Pender County Board of Commissioners.”

McEwen will begin his new role as county manager effective Oct. 18.

McEwen is married and the couple have one son.

“I look forward to continuing to build upon the recent successes in Pender County,” said McEwen, particularly those endeavors that has made Pender County one of the most popular places in the country to live, work, and visit.

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