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About Johnston County, North Carolina

The County was incorporated in 1746 and was formed largely from Craven County. Located in the mid-central section of the State and the western segment of the coastal plains region, the County contains approximately 795 square miles.

The County is the fastest growing county in the State according to the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census 2020 census data. In particular, the townships along the Johnston County/Wake County line have experienced significant growth over the past 20 to 30 years. As the population expands and transportation networks improve, the County is experiencing growth further east into central areas of the County. A significant factor to such growth is the County’s proximity to the Research Triangle Park (“RTP”) and to the City of Raleigh, the State’s capital and the major urban center of the State’s Coastal Plains region where urban development is heavily concentrated. The County offers diversified housing options which, when coupled with the job growth of the region, favorably positions the County to capitalize upon new and expanding commercial and industrial opportunities.

The County is uniquely positioned within the geographic center of the State. The Town of Smithfield, the County seat, and the Town of Benson are located midway along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and benefit from the intersection of transcontinental Interstate 40 and Interstate 95. In addition, the Town of Selma offers a railhead at which the Norfolk-Southern Railroad intersects the CSX mainline.

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The Team

J. Chad McLamb, CPA

Deputy County Manager – Director of Finance

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Tyson B. Radford, CLGFO

Deputy Finance Director – Operations

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Martha J. Lasater, MBA

Deputy Finance Director – Compliance & Debt

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