Pasquotank hires new manager


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sparty Hammett is Pasquotank County’s new manager.

Pasquotank County commissioners voted 6-0 to hire Hammett under a two-year contract in which he’ll be paid about $125,000 a year; Commissioner Lloyd Griffin was absent. Hammett replaces Pasquotank County Manager Rodney Bunch, who’s retiring. Hammett is to start work on March 19, according to a Pasquotank press release.

Hammett, of Lyman, South Carolina, is 54 years old and a former assistant county administrator in Richland County, which has a population of 410,000 and is the second largest county in South Carolina, according to the press release and a copy of Hammett’s resume provided by Pasquotank labor attorney John Leidy. He worked at Richland County from December 2008 to November 2015, and since then he’s been working at a local government consulting firm he established, Hammett Consulting.

Pasquotank Chairman Cecil Perry said Hammett has “excellent” experience and communication skills, and he believed Hammett would work well with the entire community. He also has a strong background in finance and lobbying, Perry noted.

Hammett’s resume explains that, as Richland’s assistant manager, he helped oversee 1,300 employees, directly working with law enforcement and court officials as well as the airport, building inspections, community development, conservation, public works, utilities and other departments.

His resume also notes he worked as a “performance analysis manager” for the Gwinnett County administrator’s office in Lawrenceville, Ga., from 1995 to 1999. Between working at Lawrenceville and Richland, he worked at his consulting firm.

His resume also shows he has master’s degrees in public administration and business administration, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English, all from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He also holds auditing certifications from the Institute of Internal Auditors, the release states.