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Deputy County Manager Dia Denton was appointed interim county manager as Tony Brown plans to retire December 1.

Board Chair Vernon Bryant said Denton has provided good leadership to the county and has “been the right hand of Tony Brown for a long time. We look forward to her leadership.”

Denton will begin her duties as interim December 1 and will continue to serve in that capacity until a permanent county manager is named.

When a permanent county manager is named Bryant said Brown will serve as a mentor to the person chosen from two to four months. 

Commissioner Patrick Qualls made the motion to appoint Denton and Linda Brewer cast the second. The motion passed unanimously.

“I appreciate the board’s support and come December 1 I’ll have some very large shoes to fill,” Denton said. “The staff and I will continue the work we’ve been doing for a very long time.”

Qualls congratulated her for receiving the appointment. “I know you’ll do well with the budget which is the tough spot you all are always in. You’ve worked with that always and I think the congruence of the teamwork you and Tony had with working with the budget will serve us well.”

Denton is a native of Hickory who received her bachelor of arts in public administration from Campbell University.

She received her masters in public administration from Appalachian State University.

In 2002 she began her career as town manager for Spring Hope.

She came to Halifax County in 2005 as a management analyst and in 2008 was promoted to assistant county manager. She was named deputy county manager in 2014.

She and her husband Jeff Live in Enfield with their two sons Noah and Nicholas.