Marshall and Sifford take new leadership roles with Cabarrus County

Jonathan Marshall is now deputy county manager of operations for Cabarrus County. He joins the county’s executive leadership team, comprised of County Manager Mike Downs and Deputy County Manager Pam Dubois.

Marshall has served Cabarrus County 23 years, most recently as commerce director. During his tenure, he has coordinated planning and zoning projects and has overseen many special projects including the last remodeling of the Historic Courthouse, and renovations that created the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Business & Technology Center. In addition, he worked on the team that planned the new Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

He was hired by Cabarrus County in 1988 as a planner. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a graduate of the Institute of Government County Administration program. He also is a member of American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

“Jonathan is well respected throughout the county organization and within the community.  He is a natural fit in the role of deputy manager as we begin to address the challenges the future holds,” said County Manager Mike Downs.   

Kelly Sifford steps into Marshall’s former role. She now serves as planning and development director for Cabarrus County. The Commerce Department is being renamed Planning and Development Department to better describe the services that department provides. Sifford will oversee planning, zoning, community development and building inspections.

“Kelly will provide valuable experience and management ability in her new role,” Downs said.

After serving City of Concord five years, Sifford joined Cabarrus County in 2001 and served as a senior planner and most recently as community development manager. She has managed special projects including the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center construction, the courthouse feasibility study, the Bethel School reuse project, and the Leak Goforth Economic Study. A graduate of UNC-Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration, Sifford also is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).