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Cary manager retiring, to take job at SAS

Posted August 15, 2008

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— Town Manager Bill Coleman said Friday he would retire in two months and take a job at software developer SAS Institute.

"I appreciate very much the opportunity I have had to work for the elected officials and citizens of the town of Cary," Coleman said in a statement. "Cary is a great place to live, work and raise a family. The town has been blessed with outstanding leadership, and I am confident that the mayor and council, along with the staff, will continue to move Cary forward as the premier community in the country."

Coleman's last day as town manager will be Oct. 17.

"It is thanks in very large measure to Bill’s hard work, leadership, ideas and professionalism that Cary became and is today one of the greatest communities in the nation," Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said in the statement. "I assure the people of Cary that we have every intention of maintaining the excellent course and direction Bill has set for our town government. While Bill will be sorely missed, we are very happy that his next career will keep him here in Cary, and we wish him the very best.”

A native of Red Springs, Coleman served as town manager in Pittsboro and Southern Pines and as Chatham County manager before becoming Cary's assistant town manager in 1988. He was named manager in Cary six years later.

At SAS, the world's largest privately held software company, he will work with the local government group, using his experience to help the company devise and implement programs for governmental offices.

The Town Council will develop plans for searching for his successor in the coming weeks, officials said.


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  • blackdwg32 Aug 15, 2008

    Sounds fishy to me! I think he may trying to avoid a major political blackeye. Retire before some type of misconduct happens.

  • groovyguru Aug 15, 2008

    Pay no attention to the man behind the SAS sign...

  • Armando de Cabana Boy Aug 15, 2008

    Stop putting words in my mouth. READ. I NEVER said I HATED Cary. I just think there are better places to live.

  • GetaLIFE Aug 15, 2008

    There are many people that don't live in Cary and say they hate it there but you ask them if they have been to certain stores or other places there and guess what, they go there alot. I just saw recently a guy in a pickup truck with the typical sticker of the little boy taking a whiz on not a Chevrolet or Ford symbol but the word CARY and he was pulling out of the Cary Town Center. You put the two together "anarchist". I don't live in Cary and don't have a beige house, it is a two story brick house, but thank you for asking.

  • obs Aug 15, 2008

    "Armando de Cabana Boy likes to put down Cary but I bet you he has been to the malls, shopping centers and restaurants there. If he says he hasn't he's a liar. Don't be a hater..."

    This is funny.

    Don't you think the people who don't like Cary would also not really prefer the the shops, restaurants, and general lifestyle there? As in the reason they don't like Cary in the first place?

  • Hasbeen Aug 15, 2008

    I like my beige house without wheels

  • Armando de Cabana Boy Aug 15, 2008

    Hey GET A LIFE- I do not go to Cary. I do not go to Cary's malls. I do not go to Cary's resturants. I do not like it sam I am. And I am no liar, nor a hater. Go back to your beige house!

  • LetsGetHigh Aug 15, 2008

    Wish I could get a job at SAS

  • Space Mountain Aug 15, 2008

    I'd work at SAS and not not have to do any real work if I could, too.

  • GetaLIFE Aug 15, 2008

    Armando de Cabana Boy likes to put down Cary but I bet you he has been to the malls, shopping centers and restaurants there. If he says he hasn't he's a liar. Don't be a hater.