The Carroll County Board of Supervisors ended nearly a year-long search for its new county administrator Monday night with the announcement of the hiring of Steven B. Truitt. By the sounds of Truitt’s resume, it appears the hiring of the Maryland native may have been well worth the wait.
Truitt replaces Gary Larrowe, who served as Carroll County’s administrator for 10 years before the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors announced they had hired him for the same position on Sept. 23 of last year. Carroll County officially began the process to search for a new administrator in November of last year, a 10-month process that ended Monday night.
“We have a finalist finally,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Joshua Hendrick said before Supervisor Bob Martin made a motion for Carroll County to hire Truitt as county administrator effective Sept. 26.
Martin’s motion passed unanimously before Hendrick began to highlight Truitt’s impressive credentials for those in attendance. But first he spoke about the process that led to Truitt’s hiring.
“The process began in November. We got a lot of great applicants and we took our time obviously,” Hendrick said. “Mr. Truitt, I believe, is going to be an excellent addition to our county staff.”
Hendrick began by calling Truitt a season business executive with over 35 years of experience building high-performance companies and teams. Originally from Gaithersburg, Md., Truitt first visited the area with friends while he was a student at Wake Forest University.
“He has visited here on and off since that time and moved to Grayson County in 2012. Steve earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from Wake Forest where he was recruited out of high school as a center for the Deacons’ football program,” Hendrick said. “He was awarded a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.”
As a Certified Project Management Professional, Truitt has planned and delivered complex projects in a number of industries, including retail, banking, publishing, food processing, consumer products, energy and government. He began his career with Booz Allen Hamilton as an IT consultant. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of MicroTech, a leading contractor for the Federal Government for nearly eight years, receiving the COO of the year award for 2010 from Smart CXO Magazine. During his tenure he helped build MicroTech into an award-winning and fast-growing government systems integrator with a focus on technology integration and cloud-based solutions. The company grew to over 400 employees and compound annual revenue growth of over 4,000 percent.
Truitt has also served as President of Origin Technology in Business (OTIB), the North American operating arm of Origin B.V., which is a $2 billion European-based IT consultancy. OTIB was a full-service provider of IT consulting and outsourcing services comprised of 11 offices and over 1,700 professionals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He was also a partner in the successful boutique turn-around firm Corporate Revitalization Partners, a national turn-around company with a focus on operational and financial restructuring of debtor companies. He led the firm’s technology practice, usually charged with restructuring IT departments of clients to provide better decision-making data at a lower cost.
Truitt was a co-founder of e2i, an international systems integration and internet services consultancy featuring core competencies of strategy services, technical architecture, creative services and system integration centered on e-business. As a managing director for BSG/Alliance IT, he managed an organization of over 200 consultants and grew revenues and profit contribution in the Dallas region by more than 60 percent. He also served as systems development director for TelAction, a first-of-its-kind interactive home shopping system developed by J.C. Penney. Most recently he has served as an Advisory Board Member of Green Echo Consulting in Dallas, Texas while running his own consulting firm.
During the interview process Truitt stated “the kindliness and friendliness of people in this region has truly touched my heart. I hope to make my home in these mountains for the rest of my life and cannot think of a better scenario than if I could employ the skills I have learned in a lifetime of business to serve the people here by growing opportunities while preserving the heritage and natural beauty that make Carroll County special.”
Truitt has two grown daughters, Amanda, 28, an astrobiologist at Arizona State University, and Jessica, a Licensed Professional Counselor at Eating Recovery Center in Dallas.
“We are pleased to have Mr. Truitt as a part of the team and we are really excited on the next steps forward,” Hendrick said.
During Supervisors’ Time, Supervisor Dr. Tom Littrell thanked Interim County Administrator Nikki Cannon for her hard work during the long interim period.
“I extend a welcome to Steve and look forward to working him,” Littrell said. “I also take my hat off to Nikki, who has done an excellent job in the interim for probably longer than she anticipated it happening.”
Hendrick echoed Littrell’s comments, thanking Cannon and the county’s staff.
“Nikki has done an outstanding job and we appreciate her commitment,” Hendrick said. “Steve, welcome and we are looking forward to working with you and seeing what the next great thing is for the county.”
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN