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Hicks named town manager in Selma

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SELMA — Steven Hicks is Selma’s new town manager effective Tuesday, town officials announced last week.

The Selma Town Council planned to introduce Hicks during its Tuesday evening meeting, which was scheduled to occur after the Johnstonian News went to press.

He replaces Elton Daniels, who served as town manager from August 2017 through February. Mike McLaurin has served as interim town manager for the past seven months.

Hicks comes to Selma from the city of Durham, where he was director of general services.

He previously served as director of public works and utilities in Petersburg, Virginia, and acting assistant county manager for James City County, Virginia.

Hicks has a master’s degree in urban systems engineering from George Mason University and a bachelor’s in urban studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

“Steven Hicks brings over 25 years of experience in state and local government that includes managing large capital improvement projects, updating comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances, developing city, county and state operating budgets and overseeing public utilities, transit systems, customer service billing and parks and recreation,” said Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver. “He considers himself a public servant and understands the importance of a town’s operations being responsive to the needs of its citizens and businesses.”

Hicks was born in Arizona, raised in Albany,Georgia, and graduated from high school in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Hicks has two daughters, Rachael and Savannah, who are both in high school. His hobbies include boating, golf and other outdoor activities.

“I am honored to serve the mayor, council and citizens of Selma and look forward to working with the employees who I have heard only do great things for the community,” said Hicks. “As a person who moved up through the ranks, I value the professionalism and experience the employees contribute to improve the quality of life for people to work, live and visit.”

“This is a great opportunity for me and one I do not take for granted,” Hicks added. “I look forward to calling Selma home and working with the council and the community to advance the vision of Selma.”

“Steven Hicks has a can-do attitude that helps him establish good working relationships with citizens, businesses, town staff, elected officials, community leaders and other governmental entities,” said Oliver. “We are fortunate to have him join Team Selma.”