Title: City Manager
Municipality: City of Fayetteville
Position Interested In: At-Large - Managers
Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.
As the City Manager of the 6th largest municipality out of 552, I would like to contribute a perspective of a large, low-wealth, city/county that isn't always heard in policy discussions. Large enough to have big city issues, but in a Tier 1 County, there isn't always sufficient resources to address these urban needs. I also seek to broaden my own understanding of municipal policy issues in North Carolina. Specifically, I'm interested in how the wealth/growth in cities can be shared via policy at the State and National level.
Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.
I have more than 20 years of local government experience ranging from Public Information Officer for one of the poorest counties in the nation, Halifax County, to my current position as City Manager in Fayetteville that is home to the largest military base in the world. The variety of issues ranging from annexation, taxation, utility extensions, state collected local revenues and a host of other issues have been issues of note in my career. Those issues and others I believe would also provide me with an adequate grounding to serve, if selected.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
I have a Masters/Bachelors from NC State University and I'm a graduate of a variety of professional academies:
UNC-SOG Public Executive Leadership Academy
UNC-SOG City/County Administration
Harvard Kennedy School - Senior Executives in State and Local Government
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
CityVision Annual Conference
Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days
Legislative Lobby Days
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
Thank you for your consideration to serve as NCCCMA's At-Large Managers / Alternate Nominee