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Warren Wood

City Manager

A native of Hickory, Warren Wood first began his career as Town Manager of Badin, North Carolina in 1991 before beginning work for the City of Hickory in 1993. He served Hickory for 22 years in various capacities, including Purchasing Agent, Human Resources Director, Director of Administration and Budget, and ultimately, Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer, before accepting a position as Town Manager of Waxhaw, North Carolina in March 2015. Wood returned to his hometown of Hickory to serve as City Manager in April 2017. Wood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Administration degree from Appalachian State University. He is a graduate of the Municipal Administration Course at the UNC School of Government, an ICMA Credentialed Manager, and holds a North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Certification.

Rodney Miller

Deputy City Manager

A lifelong resident of Hickory, Rodney Miller has a strong background in governmental accounting and finance. He previously served as the City of Hickory’s Assistant Finance Director for six years before going to work for Catawba County as Finance Director in 2001. After serving in that position at the County for 14 years, Miller returned to the City of Hickory to serve as Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in June 2015. He currently serves as the Deputy City Manager. Miller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from NC State University and is a Certified Local Government Finance Officer in the state of North Carolina.

Rick Beasley

Assistant City Manager

Rick Beasley has numerous years of city management experience, having served in management roles in Conover, Lenoir, and Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Following his years in local government, Beasley went on to work at Appalachian State University as Senior Associate Athletics Director, Deputy Athletics Director, and later as Chief Development Officer. He worked two years as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development at Georgia State University, before retiring and relocating back Hickory. Beasley came out of retirement to serve as Interim Assistant City Manager in November 2017 and accepted a permanent position as Assistant City Manager in February 2018. Beasley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics and a Master of Arts with a concentration in Local Government from Appalachian State University.

Yaidee Fox

Executive Assistant Manager

Yaidee Fox has years of local government executive and professional experience, all with the City of Hickory in various roles. She started working for the City in November 2003 as an Administrative Technician and was promoted to Executive Assistant to the City Manager. She later served as the Assistant to the City Manager under Mick Berry, then as the City’s Governmental Affairs Manager for a number of years. She became the Assistant to the City Manager under Warren Wood in October 2017 and now serves as an Executive Assistant Manager. Fox holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University and a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University. She is also a graduate of the Municipal Administration Course at the UNC School of Government, and an ICMA Credentialed Manager.


The City Manager's Office conducts the overall administration of the City as prescribed by the North Carolina General Statutes, coordinates all activities, and carries out all policies and actions of the City Council. The mission of the City Manager's Office is to provide support and direction for the delivery of quality customer service to Hickory citizens and visitors to maintain and nurture a quality community for Hickory.

City of Hickory

76 North Center Street
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Phone: (828) 323-7400
Fax: (828) 323-7550

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