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Updated: Longest-Active Serving County Manager Has Bladen County Roots

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Reporter Garrett Bergquist with Spectrum News recently published “A tradition of service and leadership”. Bergquist interviewed Rick Hester, Johnston County manager. Hester is the son of Robert and Sarah Hester of Elizabethtown, and he was raised in Bladen County. 

Rick Hester, Johnston County Manager

During the report, Bergquist noted, according to N.C. Association of County Commissioners Rick Hester is the longest-active serving county manager in a single county. 

Both Rick and his father, Robert, are featured in the video interview located on the Spectrum News website. 

Some of Hester’s successes and challenges as a county manager are recorded in the Spectrum News piece. Hester also mentions how the support of his family helped his dreams come true. View the report at the Spectrum News website link:

The title of the Spectrum News report is correct. The Hester family does have a tradition of service and leadership. Hester’s mother, Sarah, is a retired nurse, and his father, Robert, served as a Bladen County Commissioner for eight years, is a retired business owner, and is the founder of

Rick Hester graduated from East Bladen High School; after high school, he played baseball at Clemson University, North Carolina State University, and Southeastern Community College. After his pro-ball career, Hester finished his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and then completed his Master’s Degree at NC State University. He has been the County Manager for Johnston County for 22 years.

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