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10/8/2020 11:30:00 AM
Haynes Will Succeed Zickefoose As City Manager

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Steve Zickefoose will celebrate his 65th birthday on Ground Hog's Day.  He told Lincolnton's City Council that he plans to retire December 31st.  On Thursday morning (October 8th), the Council met to accept Zickefoose's retirement announcement and to name a successor.  Assistant City Manager Richie Haynes will become the new City Manager when Zickefoose retires.

While Haynes will be City Manager, he will hire a new Finance Officer to replace Zickefoose in that capacity.

Zickefoose became interim City Manager in January 2016.  He served in that capacity until July when he was officially named City Manager.  Prior to joining City government, Zickefoose worked with the Lincoln County Schools from 1992 until 2014.  He was named Assistant Superintendent for Business in 1996 and continued as the schools' Finance Officer. During his 22 years with the school system, he worked with four different superintendents.  Lincoln County Schools received the nationally recognized ASBO (Association of School Business Officials) Certification for Excellence in Financial Reporting each year during his tenure.

Zickefoose was hired to help the City get its finances in order.  Mayor Ed Hatley said he had met and exceeded expectations.  

Haynes became Asst. City Manager in January 2017 after being Director of Parks and Recreation beginning in 2007. He has worked with the City since 2002 serving in roles including Street Superintendent and Assistant Public Works Director.

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