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Long Time Planning Director Retires
Posted on 02/03/2020
David CurrierDavid Currier, long-time Planning Director for the City of Statesville, was recognized at Monday night’s City Council meeting for 42 years of service to the City. Currier retired effective January 31, 2020.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Currier was hired as a Statesville planner in 1978. In 1983, he was named Planning Director.

During that time, he’s worked for six mayors and eight city managers and 52 different council members.

Currier has lots of memories, and goes all the way back to his first years with the City to reflect on some of his favorites. “I was given responsibility for the airport when it wasn’t much of an airport,” he recalls. “I tried to learn everything I could about airport operations. I learned about grant writing and long-range planning and am very proud of how the airport has grown and became such an asset to the City.”

He also enjoyed managing the Main Street Program, which was a part of the Planning Department when Statesville first received its Main Street designation in the early 80s. “And there were no historic districts or a historic properties commission when I started. Getting that program started was very rewarding.”

Currier has seen Statesville grow from 9.5 square miles to more than 23 square miles. “That’s been all annexation, which isn’t always popular,” he explained. “The 1990 annexation of East Broad Street added 600 houses to the City.” It’s expensive to provide sanitation, police and fire services to residents, “which is why adding industry and growing the airport are very important,” he continued.

City Manager Ron Smith has high praise for Currier’s leadership in the Planning Department. “I got to know David when I began working with the Iredell County Planning Department. He has always been very thorough and knowledgeable, although he never took himself too seriously. I have enjoyed working with him in the City and appreciate his ability to approach contentious matters reasonably and calm.”

Currier said the first thing he’s going to do in retirement is purchase a cell phone. “I’ve only ever had a city-issued phone, so it’s time to get one of my own,” he explained. There may be some traveling in his future, but with four grandchildren, he knows he won’t be idle.

Smith said Assistant Director Sherry Ashley has been named the City’s new Planning Director.