Hamlet hires McShane as museum manager

Set to begin Jan. 21

HAMLET — The city of Hamlet has hired Chuck McShane as the next museum manager and downtown coordinator.

The announcement was released Tuesday in a news release emailed to media outlets. McShane is scheduled to begin his new position on Jan. 21. McShane replaces Miranda Chavis, who resigned in July one day after former city manager Marchell Adams-David resigned.

Chuck McShane

Chuck McShane

McShane, 32, is a Fayetteville native and an avid lover of history. McShane will take over in managing the Hamlet Depot and Museum programs. He will also work directly with the Hamlet Business Development Association to enhance, promote, and revitalize downtown Hamlet. McShane stood out amongst a variety of interested candidates.

“The city received a lot of qualified applicants; all of whom were very talented and capable. Chuck’s performance in the selection process as well as his education and experience made him stand out amongst the rest of the candidates. Chuck has the right demeanor and expertise for the positon. He was also one of only a few of whom had experience in both museums of history and economic development,” said City Manager Marcus Abernethy.

In addition to interviews, the city of Hamlet organized a professional assessment center to evaluate its top candidates for this position. Candidates had to complete three exercises that tested each candidate’s oral and written abilities. These exercises were designed to evaluate their abilities in performing the job, and each exercise was evaluated by three assessors. City administration was able to secure representatives from the Richmond County Historical Society, Richmond County Economic Development Department, the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Rockingham, the City of Hamlet, the Hamlet Museum Depot Board, the National Railroad Museum, the Hamlet Business Development Association, and the Small Business Center at Richmond Community College.

McShane is both excited and eager to soon be serving the city of Hamlet.

“Hamlet has a fascinating history and an promising future,” said McShane. “The city and its partners showed a deep commitment to Hamlet history and made a huge investment in the city’s future with the Depot restoration project. It is an honor and an enormous responsibility to be entrusted with maintaining and strengthening that investment.”

Mr. McShane comes highly qualified and well recommended. He currently is serving as a research assistant at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. Chuck is also a freelance writer with Our State Magazine, and Charlotte Magazine. He is also the author of the book, A History of Lake Norman: Fish Camps to Ferraris.

McShane has previously worked as a curatorial research assistant at the Charlotte Museum of History, where he helped curate exhibits on the history of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and wrote grants to fund maintenance and interpretation of a 1774 colonial home.

McShane is currently completing his Ph.D. In Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His dissertation focuses on economic development in small towns. Chuck has also earned a Master of Public Administration, a Master of History, and a Bachelor of History from this same institution.

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  • Camilla Hudson

    Congratulations to Mr. McShane. Hope he will have a long and happy career in Hamlet.

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