Former E’town manager taking reins in Virginia

Chrysta Carroll -


CHATHAM, Va. — A former Elizabethtown town manager is set to take over a Virgina county as its next leader.

It was announced by Pittsylvania County on Nov. 22 that David M. Smitherman, who served Elizabethtown in the early part of the 21st century as town manager and then again as interim, has been named the next county manager. He will take over in January.

Smitherman rose above 30 other applicants for the position and was chosen because of his “inclusive, dynamic, and forward-thinking approach to management,” according to a news release.

According to the release, during Smitherman’s time in Elizabethtown, among other things, he began the preservation of the historic district in downtown Elizabethtown.

“He started the zoning that said what could and what couldn’t be included in the downtown section,” said Councilman Dicky Glenn, who served on the Elizabethtown Town Council during Smitherman’s tenure. “The revitalization of it really started in recent years, but (Smitherman)wanted to make sure certain types of businesses were allowed or weren’t allowed.”

Since leaving Bladen County, Smitherman has served as the interim manager for Hyde and Onslow counties in North Carolina, the latter of which saw the construction of a $56 million jail during his tenure. He currently serves as senior consultant at Bear Strategies in Winston-Salem, the job he will be vacating to assume his role in Viriginia.

“The county is very excited to welcome Mr. Smitherman to Pittsylvania County. I know he will do a tremendous job for us, and he is well-qualified to be our county administrator. His education, experience, and personality are exactly what the board was looking for to enact the vision and strategic goals established by the board of supervisors,” Pittsylvania County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jesse Barksdale told

“I love to work hard and I love to have fun,” Smitherman said, “and I think that’s what working here is gonna be like.”

Smitherman’s duties will include overseeing a $175-$180 million budget for Pittsylvania County.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.


Chrysta Carroll

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