Terry Shelton

Public Utilities
Title: Public Utilities Director
Phone: 336-623-2110 option 4
Terry Shelton

 Years Employed in this Position (2015 - Present)

The Public Utilities Director performs complex professional and managerial work planning, organizing and directing the operations, maintenance, budgets and analysis of the City’s water filtration plant and the wastewater treatment plant.  This position also provides support to the distribution system, collection system, and related pumping facilities and storage systems.  He is currently working the planning compliance and managing the current EPA Administrative Order on Consent.    This position works closely with City Staff in the recruitment of industry to Eden, especially large water users and development of a larger employment base for the community.

Terry has served in most positions available throughout the Public Utilities Department during his full-time career of 35 years before his retirement in 2014.  He has since worked part-time as Public Utilities Director since 2015.  He is a native Virginian and grew up in Collinsville and Ridgeway, but began working in Eden with Boddie-Noell Enterprises (Hardee’s) after graduation from high school in 1973.  After graduation from Virginia Tech in 1979, Terry married and established a home in Eden.  He began working for the City of Eden at the new Water Filtration Plant, built to furnish water for the new Miller Brewery, as a plant operator in October of 1979.  This field of work grew to be a natural fit to his experience and education.  A lifelong career continued until he was promoted to head of the Environmental Services Department in 2010.  In addition to his career with the City, he is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and he and wife Faye operate a real estate business here in Eden on Washington Street. 


YEARS EMPLOYED (1979 - 2014)

  • Environmental Services Director                              
  • Water Filtration Plant Superintendent                                    
  • Treatment Plants Superintendent                             
  • Acting Public Utilities Director                                    
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent                        
  • Water Plant Assistant Superintendent
  • Lead Plant Operator              
  • Water Filtration Plant Operator                                  


  • Associate in Science - 1976 Patrick Henry Community College - Martinsville, Virginia        
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology - 1979 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia                           
  • Certificate in Municipal Administration - 1989 Institute of Government - The University of North Carolina  Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Certificate in Analog Electronics - 1994 Rockingham Community College,                           Wentworth, North Carolina


  • Rockingham County Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • Appointee to the City of Eden Board of Adjustment
  • Member of the Keep Eden Beautiful Committee
  • Member of the Eden Chamber of Commerce
  • Retired Member of the Eden Fire Department Confined Space Rescue Team (21 years)
  • Former Director and Treasurer of the Rockingham County Board of REALTORS


  • North Carolina Grade A Water Treatment Facility Operator
  • North Carolina Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
  • North Carolina Land Application/Residuals Operator
  • North Carolina Real Estate Broker
  • Federal Communication Commission Amateur Radio Operator - Extra Class


  • North Carolina Water Works Association/Water Environment Association
  • North Piedmont Water Operator’s Association
  • National and North Carolina REALTORS’ Associations


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