Karen Whichard

Manager's Office
Title: Assistant County Manager
Assistant County Manager Karen Whichard

Karen Whichard is the Assistant County Manager for Gaston County.  She joined Gaston County in June 2021, after working for two years as Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Davidson.

While with the Town of Davidson, Karen managed a department portfolio that included public works, parks and recreation, economic development, human resources and finance.

Prior to joining the Town of Davidson in 2019, Karen spent eight years with the City of Charlotte working in three different departments – Charlotte Water, Strategy & Budget and the City Manager’s Office. Her work included budget development and management, racial equity, crisis communications, media relations, process improvement, and intergovernmental affairs. Before joining the City of Charlotte in 2011, she served as the Communications Director for the City of Kannapolis, where she was a key member of the city and community team that managed the redevelopment of the core city from textiles to the NC Research Campus.

Karen holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Public Administration from UNC Charlotte. She is married with three children.


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