The City of Eden has hired Jon Mendenhall, most recently Town Administrator of Carolina Shores, N.C., as its new City Manager effective August 17, 2020. The City Council had conducted an exhaustive nationwide search since December of 2019 to find the right individual to lead the city. “We are very pleased to have Mr. Mendenhall as our new City Manager,” stated Eden Mayor Neville Hall. “He brings a wealth of experience in planning, engineering, finance and economic development that will serve Eden residents well.”
“I am truly honored to be selected as the next City Manager for Eden,” said Mendenhall. “I look forward to serving the residents, supporting the staff, and working to achieve the vision of the Mayor and Council. I have told many that Eden has a hometown feel and everyone is gracious and friendly. I look forward to working with the strong team of residents, elected officials, and a solid group of employees.”
A High Point native, Mendenhall has served as Town Administrator of Carolina Shores, N.C. since 2014 and previously served as County Manager of Gates County, N.C. He has 16 years of local government experience, having started his career in Stanly County, N.C. as a Planner. Mendenhall earned his Masters of Science degree in Technology Systems with a concentration in quality control from East Carolina University, a certificate in Project Management from N.C. State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from UNC Chapel Hill. He is a current board member of the North Carolina Resource Conservation and Development Association and Cape Fear Resource Conservation and Development, non-profits engaged in economic development and resource conservation in predominantly rural North Carolina. As an ICMA Credentialed Manager, Mendenhall is committed to professional and quality principles in local government.
Mendenhall will succeed Terry Shelton, Interim City Manager. “Both the City Council and I wish to extend a great deal of thanks to Mr. Shelton who guided the City through the transition period to a new City Manager,” stated Hall.
“At the end of the day, each resident, employee, and economic development prospect are all customers and we must emphasize an approach to customer service that adds value to our relationship with that customer,” Mendenhall remarked. “We must consistently communicate that value in order to be the very best version of ourselves.”
Mendenhall will reside in Eden. His starting salary is $130,000 plus benefits.