At the Hickory City Council meeting on February 6, Rick Beasley was announced as the new Assistant City Manager for the City of Hickory. Beasley has been serving as the interim assistant city manager since November 2017, following the departure of Andrea Surratt.
"We are extremely excited to be adding Rick to the City's management team. In the short time he has been with the City of Hickory, Rick has proven himself to be someone who gets things done. Given all the projects and initiatives Hickory is currently involved in, Rick's extensive knowledge and experience will be invaluable," said City Manager Warren Wood.
Beasley has numerous years of city management experience, having served in management roles in Conover, Lenoir, and Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Following his years in local government, Beasley went on to work at Appalachian State University, where he was hired as Senior Associate Athletics Director and was promoted to Deputy Athletics Director, in which he served as Chief Development Officer and managed many day-to-day operations.
Beasley then worked for two years as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development at Georgia State University, where he oversaw all aspects of fundraising and development for Georgia State Athletics. After retiring from Georgia State University, Beasley relocated back to the Hickory area.
Beasley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics and a Master of Arts with a concentration in Local Government from Appalachian State University.
"I'm looking forward to working with the citizens of Hickory and a great municipal team during these exciting times," added Beasley.