Orange County names new Housing Director

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 10, 2017) — After a nationwide search, Orange County has selected Sherrill Hampton as its new Housing Director. Hampton will begin her duties Aug. 21.

"I am very happy to be back in North Carolina, a state that has traditionally been a leader in the nation in innovative community economic development strategies," Hampton said. "I am especially looking forward to becoming a part of the Orange County team and serving the residents of the county to the best of my abilities."

Hampton has more than 30 years’ experience in community and economic development, local government administration, community and resident engagement and non-profit management. She facilitated the formation of several successful local and regional community and economic development and educational initiatives in Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.

"We are excited to have someone with Sherrill's experience and background to lead our housing program," said Orange County Manager Bonnie Hammersley.

Most recently, Ms. Hampton served as the Director of Resident Services for the DC Housing Authority (DCHA). She led the department’s reorganization efforts to improve its ability to more effectively and efficiently respond to the needs of public housing residents and to build the self-sufficiency of participants in the agency’s Housing Choice Voucher Program

Before joining DCHA, Ms. Hampton served as the Special Assistant to the President and founding Director of the Center for Applied Leadership & Community Development at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. Prior to her tenure at the University, Sherrill was the Senior Vice President for Residential Development at the North Carolina Community Development Initiative.

Hampton holds a B.S. degree in Social Science from Claflin College and a J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.