On Feb. 5, 2019, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed Ms. Avril Pinder of New Hanover County, NC as County Manager.
Ms. Pinder earned an MBA from Delaware State University and has held numerous positions in local government over the past 23 years. She has been serving as Deputy County Manager for New Hanover County since 2015, and prior to that was Assistant New Hanover County Manager and Finance Director.
“In her leadership positions, Pinder has been involved in proactive planning, preserving key environmental resources, improving quality of life, affordable housing efforts, and addressing the opioid crisis,” noted Buncombe Commission Chair Brownie Newman. “Her experience will be valuable as we address these issues in Buncombe. Additionally, her enthusiasm and reputation among her peers and community really resonated with the Board.”
Pinder is an International City/County Management Association-credentialed manager and has experience in business, finance, budget planning, debt financing, regulatory compliance, development of policies and procedures, and staff management.
“I am delighted to have this opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful community,” stated Pinder. “I am looking forward to working with a board, staff, and community dedicated to public service. Buncombe County had a stellar reputation and after everything that has happened recently, I am committed to regaining the public’s trust and working with the citizens, Board, and employees to continue to deliver the service they want and deserve.”
Among her professional highlights, Pinder:
- Obtained New Hanover County’s first Triple-A bond rating from Standard & Poor’s rating agency and a higher bond rating from Moody’s Investor Service
- Established a pool of private banks for startup businesses to access loans
- Worked with the local historical society to develop a proposal to revitalize a historic building, resulting in the first publicly owned green roof building in the region
As County Manager, Pinder will be tasked with drafting a multimillion-dollar budget, managing county departments, making recommendations to commissioners and overseeing day-to-day operations of Buncombe County. She is scheduled to start her position as Buncombe County Manager on March 4, 2019.