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Spring Hope hires new town manager

Posted on January 11, 2022

Updated on January 17, 2022

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Spring Hope Mayor Kyle Pritchard, left, welcomes Town Manager Andrew Delonno during the town Board of Commissioners meeting last week.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

Spring Hope Mayor Kyle Pritchard, left, welcomes Town Manager Andrew Delonno during the town Board of Commissioners meeting last week.

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SPRING HOPE — The town board has found its new manager.

Andrew Delonno, announced as hired during the town’s Jan. 10 meeting, brings a wealth of local government experience along with him.

The current community development manager of the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Government in Wilson, Delonno provides 46 governments in the region with technical help in grant writing, economic development, land use and town administration.

Mayor Kyle Pritchard said Delonno has extensive experience in economic development and said he’s excited to have Delonno on board.

A former tax analyst with the Internal Revenue Service, Delonno has experience in the Twin Counties running disaster recovery in Princeville after Hurricane Matthew.

Delonno thanked the board during its meeting last week and wasted no time wading into a discussion on the town’s drinking water issues.

Delonno said the town needs to take a holistic approach to its water supply infrastructure problems.

The board doesn’t want to just put a Band-Aid on the problem, “trying this, trying that,” Delonno said. “We need to take a step back and navigate the waters together.”

Delonno worked for the town of Bridgeport, Massachusetts, as director of community and economic development before a 13-year stint with Newport, Rhode Island, as its city planner.

Delonno will start at an annual salary of $67,000.

Delonno replaces Jae Kim, who left Spring Hope in August after five years as town manager for a job on the coast.

S. Hal Mason, who served a few months as an interim manager, said he will enjoy his third retirement.

Mason said Spring Hope is a wonderful town.

“Nice homes, great potential downtown,” Mason said.

The board thanked Mason for his time serving the town.

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