Sterling Cheatham has served as the City Manager for the City of Wilmington, North Carolina since 2003. He is responsible to the City Council for the day-to-day administration of all city departments, including preparing and administering annual city budgets. He is also responsible for proposing policies for consideration of the City Council and overseeing the administration and implementation of those policies and ordinances.
Prior to working for the City of Wilmington, Cheatham served as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Norfolk, Virginia where he was responsible for policy development in areas of finance, infrastructure, economic development, environmental management, legislative and strategic planning and oversaw daily operations for clusters of departments, including public safety and administrative support departments. Previous to this position, he was the Director of Finance in the City of Norfolk where he managed the financial affairs of the city, including the operating and capital budgets, debt and investment administration, procurement, financial analysis and reporting and risk management.
Cheatham has also worked as the Director of Management and Finance in Aiken County, South Carolina; the Director of Administration and Finance in College Park, Maryland; and the Assistant to City Manager and Budget Officer for the City of Greenville, South Carolina.
Cheatham is a member of the International City Management Association, the North Carolina City/County Managers Association, Public Technology Incorporated, American Society for Public Administration and the Conference of Minority Public Administrators.
Cheatham holds a Masters of Public Administration from The American University in Washington, DC with an emphasis in Intergovernmental Financing. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration.