The new interim city manager for Randleman is an Elkin native.
Rick Holcomb was named interim city manager by Randleman’s Board of Aldermen in January. Randleman is 20 minutes outside of Greensboro and has a population of about 4,500 residents, according to city data.
Holcomb is a graduate of Elkin High School. He is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and received his master’s degree in city and regional planning in 2013 from Clemson University.
Holcomb credited his new position to working hard with studies, being friendly with people, and doing internships.
“The internships help. They really put you in the mix in a career you are seeking,” said Holcolmb.
Having a few friends also helps, even if they’re former competitors. Holcomb said that in school when he was playing tennis against a rival from Mount Airy, a connection was made by the rival’s family allowing for an internship.
“One thing led to another, and it’s really funny how things work,” said Holcolmb.
Holcomb has family roots and familiarity in town government. He is the nephew of John Holcomb, Elkin’s finance director.
John Holcomb was elated when hearing of the news on his nephew.
“I am very proud of him,” said Holcomb.
Rick Holcomb said that growing up in Elkin allowed him to appreciate small towns in a unique way. He said that he was fortunate to be able to walk out of school and be downtown after only a few steps of walking, and in a recreational park with a walk in the other direction.
“I see the value of small towns across the state and want to do my part to keep them going,” he said.
Holcomb now manages a full-time staff of 60 employees.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.