Chief of Staff George Sherrill

Prior to being appointed by North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Tony Copeland to serve as his Chief of Staff,  George served as the Interim Secretary of Commerce for Governor Cooper, prior to Secretary Copeland’s appointment.

George is a 43-year career state employee, serving many roles during his state service, including more than 30 years in various management capacities with the Department’s Community Development Block Grant Program, most recently as its Director. Earlier in his career, he worked as a grants manager for the N.C. Division of Air Quality and in the Governor’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations.

George earned a B.A. degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. He retired with the rank of Captain from the United States Naval Reserve after completing 28 years of service.

Among his many accomplishments, George is also an Eagle Scout.