Administration of the City includes a number of departments which implement the policies of the Kannapolis City Council. The City Manager, Deputy City Manager and Assistant City Managers oversee the daily and long range operations of the departments. Below is a list of the department directors.
Annette Privette Keller is the Director of Communications. Keller has previously worked for the Mooresville Graded School District, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, the City of Concord and the Town of Matthews.
In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Keller holds a master of public administration and an advanced certificate in marketing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Keller co-founded and served as president of the N.C. City County Communicators. She is also a member of the N.C. Government Association of Information Officers Board, the Open Government Coalition Board, secretary of the 3CMA Board of Directors and the Kannapolis Education Foundation Board.
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Jenny Johnson serves as the Director of Customer Service. Jenny is a native of California and holds an associate degree in paralegal studies and legal office administration from California State University. As Director of Customer Service her ten member staff are responsible for the utility billing and customer service aspects of city services.
She most recently worked for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in several positions including Business Services Coordinator and Unit Enrollment Supervisor. She also served as the Customer Service and Utility Billing Manager for the Town of Harrisburg.
She is the mother of three daughters and resides in Rockwell with her husband, Jay.
Irene Sacks has served as the Economic & Community Development Director for the City of Kannapolis since 2008. She works to attract business activity, and develop and maximize key investments. Her career has included positions in strategic planning, software development, and finance. She is a certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her master’s in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Scott Kaufhold joined the City in 2017 as an engineer, and currently serves as the Director of Engineering. He previously worked as the Director of Engineering and Public Works and the Town Manager of Indian Trail. A veteran of the U.S. Marines, he holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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Africa Otis most recently served as the Finance Director for the City of Mount Holly for 11 years. With twenty years of experience in the field of finance, she has also served as the Finance Director for the Town of Cramerton; working as a Operations Budget Analyst for the City of Charlotte CATS System; a fiscal analyst for Mecklenburg County, and a budget analyst for Gaston County Schools.
Africa is a native of Buffalo, NY. She served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve for 11 years, attaining the rank of Drill Sergeant, before beginning her career in finance. She graduated from Pfeiffer University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and she received a Master of Science in accounting from Liberty University. She also holds an associate degree in Occupational Studies from the Rochester Business Institute.
Africa is a member of the Government Finance Officer Association, the North Carolina Finance Officer Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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Tracy Winecoff has been a member of the Kannapolis Fire Department since 1999. Since then he has been promoted from Engineer, to Captain, to Battalion Chief and Division Chief. He holds State Fire and EMS certifications from Rowan Cabarrus Community College; a Paramedic certification from Davidson Community College. He is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in homeland security program at Columbia Southern University College. He is currently a Pre-Hospital & Fire Education Instructor with Rowan Cabarrus Community College.
He is also a National Incident Management System Certified Instructor and has North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission certifications, has completed the UNCC Fire and Rescue Management Institute, and has taken numerous courses with the National Fire Academy and the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.
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Jerome has worked for the City of Kannapolis since 2007 when he began working in the Public Works Department. He performed a variety of tasks in the streets and stormwater divisions. In 2010 he was named the Facilities Manager. As Facilities Manager he has worked closely with staff to oversee the fleet maintenance of the City, the warehousing of supplies and materials, and maintenance of all city facilities. Before joining the City he worked for Sysco Foods and the City of Salisbury.
As Director of General Services, he oversees a staff of ten as they perform preventative maintenance and repairs on all city-owned buildings and properties.
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Tony Eury is the Director of Information Technology. He was formerly employed with Technologies Edge, Inc. who did contract work with the City of Kannapolis. Since 2006 he has worked extensively to address the City’s technology needs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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Parks and Recreation
Gary Mills joined the City of Kannapolis as the Director of Parks and Recreation in 2000. His previous experience includes holding the same position in the cities of Cornelius and Ayden. He hold a bachelor’s degree in recreation resources administration and a masters degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from North Carolina State University. He has served as a volunteer for several non-profits and is Past President of the North Carolina Recreation Park Association, and the Southern Regional Representative of the National Recreation Park Association. He is also National Accreditation Chair for NRPA.
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Richard has approximately 20 years of experience in planning and community development. He previously worked as the Planning & Community Development Director for Moore County and Senior Planner for Catawba County. He was also the vice-president of Benchmark Planning, a professional planning consulting firm who has worked with local government, state, federal and private clients throughout the region.
Richard previously served as Kannapolis’ Planning Director under a contract agreement from 2004 to 2009. Most recently he was Director of Businesses Services for McGill Associates where he was responsible for managing comprehensive plans, zoning ordinance revisions, small area studies and more for a variety of local governments.
Richard is a native of Rowan County and graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Law. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University. He and his wife, Veronica, reside in Rowan County, have three children, and are very active with their church.
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Terry Spry is serving as Interim Police Chief. He joined the Kannapolis Police Department in 1994. He has worked as a patrol officer, traffic officer, criminal investigator, and patrol supervisor. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2004, Lieutenant in 2010 and Captain in 2015.
Terry is a graduate of South Rowan High School, attended Pfeiffer College and earned an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology from Rowan Cabarrus Community College. He also holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
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Transportation and Environmental Services
Michael Rattler began working for the City in 2003 as an engineering technician. He was later promoted to the position of Storm Water Operations Manager and Assistant Public Works Director, and is currently the Director of Transportation and Environmental Services. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he has an associate degree from Rowan Cabarrus Community College.
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Alex Anderson is the Director of Water Resources. He joined the City in 2016 as the Water Treatment Plant Manager. He previously worked for the City of Concord and the City of Charlotte. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in leadership in the public sector.
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