Bowman introduced in Camden

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Ken Bowman, Camden County's new manager, listens from the front row at Monday's meeting of the Camden Board of Commissioners.


By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CAMDEN — Camden County's search for a new manager officially ended Monday with the introduction of Ken Bowman.

Bowman, joined by his wife Brenda, attended Monday's Board of Commissioners meeting, where he shook several hands and smiled for photos. The Virginia native will work part time while relocating from his home in Danville, Virginia, and will start full time with Camden County on Monday, Dec. 18.

Bowman, 67, was hired away from Warren County, where he served the last few years as the county economic development director. He brings to Camden a wealth of experience.

Bowman retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel and served four years on the York County Board of Supervisors in his home state. In Virginia, counties are governed by elected officials known as supervisors. He was later named economic development director for Pittsylvania County in Virginia, where he stayed up until his hiring in Warren County.

Bowman said one major accomplishment he helped achieve while Warren County's economic developer was the construction of a 78,000-square-foot warehouse for a large industry.

He also said he played a lead role in the sale of a closed textile mill that occupied 14 acres. That property is back on the tax roll and earning the county much needed revenue, he said.

Warren County is bordered by Halifax and Northampton counties to the east, Vance County to the west and Virginia to the north. It is part of the 11 counties that make up the Research Triangle Region, an association that has allowed Bowman to network with other state economic development officials.

He's also served on several economic development boards in North Carolina and in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area, plus worked with officials in Chesapeake, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Bowman said he enjoys helping counties to grow and move forward, and to provide new opportunities for residents.

"I enjoy doing that," he said. "It's kind of my passion to work with the community."

Bowman said he’s looking forward to his new role as county manager in Camden.

"I really wanted to move into the county manager position," he said.

Bowman is replacing Michael Brillhart, who was terminated from as manager last July. Stephanie Humphries, the county's finance officer, has been serving as Camden’s interim manager and will assist Bowman in his new duties until he starts full time.

Bowman has a bachelor's degree in human resources administration from Saint Leo University, and a master's degree in public administration from Troy University.

Board Chairman Clayton Riggs said previously that Bowman's starting salary is about $93,000, with a chance for a raise after a brief review period.

Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Tom White thanked Humphries on Monday, praised her work as interim manager.

"Thank you for being such a great team player," White said.

"It's been an honor to serve our community," Humphries replied.