The mission of the County Manager is to provide professional management and support of county government by supervising departmental operations, recommending policies and programs to the Board of Commissioners, and ensuring that the directives and policies established by the Board of Commissioners are implemented.
The County Manager is the chief administrator of county government and is responsible to the Board of Commissioners for administering all departments under the Board's general control. The County Manager prepares and administers the county's budget and reports to the Board on the affairs of the county, particularly as they apply to the county's current and future fiscal conditions. The Manager is also responsible for ensuring that all orders, ordinances, resolutions, and regulations of the Board are faithfully executed.
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Kim Eagle joined Gaston County in August of 2019. Prior to becoming County Manager, Kim served as an Assistant City Manager for the City of Charlotte. In Charlotte, she was responsible for operational initiatives and functional areas including Water/Sewer, Solid Waste, Transportation and Engineering. She was also responsible for supporting the Council’s Environment Committee, Transportation Committee and Public Safety Committee. Kim served as Charlotte’s designated point person to the cross-sector, collaborative effort to align and coordinate services for victims of domestic violence and serves on the Family Justice Center Steering Committee.
Prior to being appointed Assistant City Manager, Kim served as the City’s Director of the Office of Strategy & Budget and Senior Operations Advisor. She was responsible for the development and oversight of the City’s annual operating budget and five-year community investment plan.
As the Deputy Director of Charlotte Water, Kim managed and coordinated the business support and administrative side of the water/sewer operation. Leading up to this position, Dr. Eagle worked for eight years in the City of Charlotte Budget and Evaluation Department as the Evaluation Manager where she managed the City’s strategic planning efforts including the Balanced Scorecard.
She also served for eight years in several roles within Charlotte Water, including Assistant Business Manager. Kim joined the City of Charlotte in 1995.
She earned her doctorate in Public Administration from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and an Education Specialist degree, both from Appalachian State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wingate University. Dr. Eagle has taught several graduate courses in Public Administration, published articles on administrative reform and performance measurement, and has led numerous workshops on strategic planning both at the local level and in conjunction with local governments and universities in Trinidad and Sweden.
Executive Leadership Team
Matt Rhoten, Deputy County Manager
Karen Whichard, Assistant County Manager
Vincent C. Wong, Executive Project Manager
Ray Maxwell, Infrastructure & Asset Manager
Adam Gaub, Communications Director
Justin Amos, Chief of Staff