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Moffitt picked to lead EDC

Stanly County did not have far to search when picking its next economic development director.

The county announced Tuesday Candice Moffitt would be the next person to lead the EDC. County Manager Andy Lucas has been interim director since Michael Smith resigned Aug. 30, 2018.

Candice Moffitt

“The search for a new director was initiated prior to Michael leaving,” Lucas said. “We conducted a few interviews in the fall, but did not find a candidate that we felt would be a good fit for Stanly County. As such, we re-advertised for the position in the late fall/early winter and obtained a good pool of applicants.”

Smith, who had served as director since March 2017, had more than 20 years of experience in the economic development field, leading to his salary of $102,250, Lucas said.

Moffitt, who has served as the director of the county’s transit services department for more than two years and was director of the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center for more than nine years, will begin work at $66,467.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to represent the county and its citizens in a different capacity,” Moffitt said. “I believe Stanly County is a strong competitor in our state and region for prospective businesses and developments due to our close proximity to larger markets, focus on quality of life, strong partnerships with our school system and higher education institutions, and dedicated leadership fulfilling a unified vision for improving opportunities for our citizens.”

Moffitt also served multiple terms on the Stanly County Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors.

The county has had many economic development directors over the past few years.

With Moffitt having built connections here, she feels it will help her in her new position.

“I made a decision to live in Stanly County because after working here for several years and commuting, I felt a strong connection to the land, people and long-term vision of its leadership,” Moffitt said. “Stanly County is a wonderful place to work, live and prosper, and I am looking forward to working with our current and prospective business partners in helping make our county and its people the very best they can be.”

Lucas said the county interviewed many candidates for the position.

“Candice’s ability to stay laser focused under pressure [and] proven ability to quickly grasp and address complex issues, demonstrated ability to build relationships and networks of support, outstanding customer service skills and passion for Stanly County stood out during the interview process,” Lucas said.

Moffitt will begin her new role as director Feb. 25.