BEAUFORT — Carteret County officials announced Monday Nick Wilson, previously the public information officer for the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, is now PIO for the county government.

According to a release, Mr. Wilson began work at the county administration office June 7.

In his role, Mr. Wilson will oversee and facilitate strategic planning and processes for countywide communications. He will serve as point of contact for all media and public relations needs relating to Carteret County government.

“Communicating clearly and effectively with our community is a top priority and we are excited to have Nick on board promoting the good work of our County staff, services, and programs,” county manager Tommy Burns said in the release.

Mr. Wilson will continue with assisting in communications for the sheriff’s office, as well as act as the primary PIO for the 23 other county departments. He will earn an annual salary of $65,000 a year and reports directly to the county manager in the administration office.  

The Carteret County Board of Commissioners approved the reclassification of Mr. Wilson’s position as part of the April 2021 consent agenda.

Mr. Wilson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from East Carolina University and has more than 14 years of professional experience in communications, the release states.

“I’m extremely proud to join the team under the leadership of County Manager Burns and I’m thrilled with this exciting opportunity to be working for the County in this new role,” Mr. Wilson said. “Transparency and being a trusted source of clear, timely and engaging communication about County services will be the top priority with this position. I’m incredibly grateful to work alongside the County’s incredible leadership team and commend the County Commissioners for their foresight in funding this position.”


Reporter's note: This article was updated at 1:36 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, to include salary and additional information. 

(9) comments

David Collins

Do we really need a public information officer ? Just another layer of gobblygook . No accountability ! Just repeating the obvious ,with a political slant in protection of his handlers . Job protection 101 .


I was unaware ECU offered degrees in " lickspittle"


I’m incredibly grateful to work alongside the County’s incredible leadership team and commend the County Commissioners for their foresight in funding this position.”

14 yrs experience eh?


sick and tired

“Communicating clearly and effectively with our community is a top priority...." Really? Since when?


Communicating clearly and effectively with the public is our priority?? Seriously with all the planning and execution of countywide decisions without allowing public input, who good to see that those decision makers are so concerned with what and how the taxpayers feel about certain topics that are often done in secrecy. Another way of wasteful spending. But it is expected.



government hires someone to handle transparency and communication...


y'all are ridiculous.

David Collins

Just adds one more layer of deniability .sacrificial cow if you will . You voted them in , that is what you get . More smoke and mirrors . Way to go folks !


As others have pointed out this is an important position. Specifically now when the commissioners are rezoning each others property, against the wishes of their constituents, they can refer any questions to the county PIO, who will explain with euphemism,and great enthusiasm why any given action is really best for all of us. I certainly hope the CCNT or someone follows up on the salary info. I feel better already ( actually they should have spent that money on another deputy)


But that still leaves one question unanswered, why now do the county leaders want the public to know what they are doing? Why won’t they have meetings with the public? Why have they got to have somebody speak for them? I guess they are afraid that a concerned citizen may step on their toes and make them feel embarrassed because that citizen made better sense than they did. Start having public forums and convince the public that their opinions matter and stop assuming that you have the support of the public. Transparent government…..yeah right.

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