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Public invited to help with Wake Forest town manager search

Posted January 19, 2015

— For the first time in more than 20 years, the Town of Wake Forest is searching for a new town manager, and commissioners are asking for the public's help to identify what qualities the next manager should have.

Commissioners hired Developmental Associates to lead the nationwide search after longtime town manager Mark Williams announced his retirement, which is effective May 1, 2015.

Over the next few weeks, the consulting firm will offer area residents several opportunities to offer their opinions before beginning the recruitment process later this month.

On Jan. 27, at 6 p.m., Developmental Associates will host a public forum in the board chambers on the second floor of the Wake Forest Town Hall, at 301 S. Brooks St. During the session, residents will be invited to share their feedback on a variety of topics, including:

  • What are the most critical challenges facing the town now and over the next two to five years?
  • What are the most important responsibilities of the manager?
  • What are the most critical competencies the town should be seeking in its next manager?

The town also plans to utilize Engage Wake Forest, its community engagement website, to invite area residents to respond to a variety of questions related to the search for a new town manager.

For more information, contact Human Resources Director Virginia Jones at 919-435-9491 or vjones@wakeforestnc.gov.


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  • CommonSenseLuddite Jan 19, 2015

    Oops. missed a typo, meant to say that together they are paid over 250K per year. :)

  • CommonSenseLuddite Jan 19, 2015

    What about the existing Assistant Town Manager? Between him and Mark, the town was paying out over 25K on town management? Roe is awesome, maybe he could just take it all over and save the town some money? :)

  • tri123 Jan 19, 2015

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    Democracy... so childish.

  • Fred Kozlof Jan 19, 2015
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    Where and when was he last seen. Surely he hasn't gone too far away :) ....is the reaction based on the headline! How hard can it be to find a replacement?...oh, maybe not easy, since they are holding a forum to even figure out his job description. ARG, this sounds really amateurish.