Michelle Lancaster-Sandlin is assistant county manager. In this role Michelle provides executive oversight of the Human Services Agency, which includes the Department of Social Services, the Health Department, MeckLINK Behavioral Healthcare, Provided Services Organization, and Community Support Services. She also provides executive oversight of Criminal Justice Services, Medical Examiner’s Office, and is liaison to the Sheriff’s Office, the Court System, and MEDIC. As a member of the Executive Team, she shares responsibility for overall County executive administration.
Michelle joined Mecklenburg County as staff assistant to the Board of County Commissioners in 1998 and was named assistant to the county manager in December 2000. In 2003, she was named executive assistant to the county manager and was promoted to associate general manager in 2006. She was named general manager in 2008 (retitled as assistant county manager in 2013).
Michelle earned a bachelor of arts in English and a master of public administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also has an Executive Certificate in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare multi-system integration from Georgetown University (2012). In 2010 Michelle was named one of Charlotte's 40 under 40 by the Charlotte Business Journal.