Cheatham has led the City of Wilmington since 2002.
By WECT Staff | May 25, 2021 at 12:44 PM EDT – Updated May 25 at 2:23 PM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Members of the Wilmington Fire Department gathered at the steps of City Hall Tuesday morning to honor retiring city manager Sterling Cheatham.
During this morning’s ceremony, WFD officials presented Cheatham with an axe in appreciation of his many years of service to the Wilmington community. The axe is traditionally awarded to retiring members of the department for their service and is considered a unique and high honor.
“Every day is special. I’ve had the opportunity to work with guys and ladies, I’ve had the privilege of working with and watching the community grow and develop over my tenure here, so it’s been a variety of things but it’s the people first and foremost,” Cheatham said.
Cheatham has served as the city manager for Wilmington since 2002. He is responsible to the City Council for the day-to-day administration of all city departments, including preparing and administering annual city budgets. He is also responsible for proposing policies to the City Council and overseeing the administration and implementation of those policies.
He holds a Masters of Public Administration from The American University in Washington, DC with an emphasis in Intergovernmental Financing. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration.
Cheatham’s last day is June 1. Deputy city manager Tony Caudle will take over as interim manager.
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