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County Announces Management Reorganization

Feb 03, 2020

Cumberland County Manager Amy Cannon has appointed Duane Holder as the Deputy County Manager effective immediately. Holder has been the Assistant County Manager for Community Support Services since September 2017.

The upcoming retirement in June of Assistant County Manager Melissa Cardinali provided Cannon an opportunity to review the organizational structure, which had included four assistant county managers and no deputy manager.

“To advance the depth of leadership in the future, I am pleased to announce that I am reclassifying Duane Holder’s Assistant County Manager position to Deputy County Manager. The other management team members are fully supportive of this move. Duane has earned the respect and confidence of the department heads he leads and will be a greater asset to the county in this expanded role,” Cannon said.

Holder, who served as interim Health Director for 18 months, will maintain responsibility over the Community Support Services portfolio, which includes Social Services, Public Health, Child Support, Community Development, Library, Pretrial Services, Veterans Services and Senior Community Service Employment. In addition, he will also lead the County’s budget division and serve on the board of Alliance Health. He is a credentialed manager by the International City/County Management Association.

Prior to joining Cumberland County government, Holder was the Deputy County Manager and Chief Financial Officer for Pitt County from 2012 to September 2017. He was one of four original founders of PORT Human Services in Greenville, N.C., and served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of the nationally accredited regional behavioral healthcare and human services agency for eight years from 2004 to 2012.

Holder earned a Master of Public Administration degree from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Mount Olive College. He served in the Air Force for six years as a linguist and was the Deputy Finance Officer in Pitt County from October 1998 to July 2004, when he left to establish PORT Human Services.