Stikeleather Steps Down as Currituck Manager

By on July 28, 2021

Ben Stikeleather

Currituck County announced on July 28 that County Manager Ben Stikeleather was resigning after two years in that post.

Here is the statement.

Currituck County Manager Ben Stikeleather, on July 27, 2021, submitted his letter of resignation to the Board of Commissioners. Stikeleather has served as County Manager since July 1, 2019.  In announcing his departure, Stikeleather said he will be pursuing career opportunities in the private sector. He is scheduled to begin his new employment on October 1, 2021.

“Currituck County has been a wonderful place to be the County Manager and is a community with a bright future, solid leadership, and a workforce that is second to none,” said Stikeleather. “After 15 years in local government service, I have accepted an opportunity that will bring new challenges and a different work-life balance.”

The Currituck County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet in closed session after the Aug. 2, 2021 meeting to discuss plans for hiring a successor to Stikeleather.

Stikeleather came to Currituck County in October 2018, when he was hired as the Assistant County Manager. He then ascended to the Manager’s position upon the retirement of former County Manager Dan Scanlon.

During his tenure, Stikeleather led Currituck County through Hurricane Dorian and Hurricane Isaias and guided the county’s response throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Among capital projects, Shingle Landing Park and the Maritime Museum in Historic Corolla Park were constructed and opened to the public. Construction of the Public Safety Center will also be completed prior to his departure. In addition, projects to expand and renovate Moyock Elementary School and Moyock Middle School are in the design phase.





  • William l Warburton

    In early 1990’s I met former manager of Elizabeth City, Clay Matthews. He had taken E.C. from a few million down to a few million up in funds on hand. He became Manger of Cutrituck but was fired because he didn’t consult and do exactly what Commissioners wanted. He said 90 per cent of what I do the State and Federal Government tells me what to do.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 10:08 am
  • Charlie Newsome

    I think his bio should also state that a 15% tax hike was proposed under his leadership. Let’s have a little perspective here.

    Sunday, Aug 1 @ 9:34 am