Julie McMurry Highlighted as an NC811 Damage Prevention Ambassador

June 1, 2022

Greensboro, NC (5/27/2022) Julie McMurry, Director of Energy Services with the City of Shelby has been chosen as an NC811 Damage Prevention Ambassador due to her ongoing commitment to safety, damage prevention and spreading the “Call Before You Dig” message. 

Many safe digging partners have made the commitment to call 811 prior to any excavation, but few go above and beyond with making safety their #1 priority. McMurry has shown her commitment to keeping the community, employees, and utility providers safe. She has participated in the monthly Utility Coordinating Committee meetings that share vital information about projects that affect utility infrastructure for years, placed safe digging partner stickers on city vehicles, participated in the tailgate wrap campaign and continues to share the 811-damage prevention safe digging banners around town. “This is truly the type of Damage Prevention Ambassador NC811 is looking for: The commitment to keeping the community safe while excavating and providing a great utility service to their customer and the community,” said NC811’s Education Department Manager, Ann Rushing. 

Julie is proud to be a recipient of the Damage Prevention Ambassador Award presented by Brian Morehouse, Liaison with NC 811 on April 20th. “811 is the communication link between utilities and excavators – excavators on all levels, from the homeowner installing a mailbox to the contractor installing a utility or building infrastructure. Utilizing 811 keeps utilities and people safe, which saves everyone time, money, and lives. At the end of the day we want all of our employees to go home safely to their families”, stated McMurry. Julie has proudly served the City of Shelby for 30 years. On May 27, 2022, her service to the citizens of Shelby as the Director of Energy Services will come to an end. It is with great joy we recognize Julie McMurry with her commitment to safety and wish her happy days spending time with her family on Lake James.

Every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first. Find out more about becoming a Safe Digging Partner.


About NC811

Since 1978, North Carolina 811 has provided a fast and easy communications link with local utility providers. The public provides NC811 information about excavation, NC811 transmits the information to utilities and they send out locators to mark underground lines for free. Call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging.



Affectionately known as the "City of Pleasant Living”, Shelby is located at the confluence of the beautiful rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the bustling Metrolina region of the Carolinas. Our proximity allows us easy, convenient access to two international airports - Charlotte-Douglas, a short 50-minute drive and Greenville-Spartanburg, a quick hour and 15 minute drive just over the South Carolina state line.