Town Manager David Draughn will retire December 30, 2022.

The Town of Long View is searching for a new manager to step in after its current manager retires at the end of the year.

David Draughn, a native of Valdese, will retire Dec. 30 after nearly 19 years with the town for a combined 30 years working in local government in the state.

Draughn started with the town of Long View in 2003 as the public works director and remained in that role until the council appointed him town manager in early 2016.

Before joining the Town of Long View, Draughn served as city manager in the towns of Belhaven and Tryon, as well as the assistant county manager of Polk County.

“It’s been a rewarding career overall,” Draughn said.

He said there have been lots of challenges and a lot of changes in his 30-year career in local government.

As for the future, Draughn said he doesn’t have any plans yet.

“I just kind of want to decompress and disconnect from this a little bit, and then we’ll see what’s next,” Draughn said.

“I really want to thank the people of Long View, but particularly the elected officials and my staff, for all the support we’ve had while we’ve been here, and we’ve got a lot of good things going,” he added. “And wish them nothing but the best.”


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