Reid Walters is a native of North Carolina and previously served at the Town Manager of Bethel NC and Spencer NC. In addition to serving as the town manager of Independence, Reid also serves as chairman of the Virginia Carolina Water Authority, a multi-state water authority that provides water to Sparta NC and Independence VA and Allegheny County NC and Grayson County VA.. Reid has a Bachelors degree in History and Political Science from Western Carolina University and is currently completing his Masters in Public Administration from Appalachian State University. He is a graduate of the Municipal and County Administration program at the UNC School of Government and an alumni of the UNC School of Government’s LGFCU Fellowship. He is a member of the International City and County Managers Association, the Virginia Local Government Managers Association, and the North Carolina City-County Managers Association. .