County Manager

Lincoln County Government
July 15, 2022
353 North Generals Blvd., Lincolnton, NC
Billing Address
115 West Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092
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This position manages the day-to-day operations of the county government. The manager is the chief administrator of county government. The manager is responsible to the board of commissioners for the administration of all departments of county government under the board's general control and has the following powers and duties:

• Ensures that the orders, ordinances, resolutions, and regulations of the Board of Commissioners are faithfully executed.

• Attends all meetings of the Board of Commissioners; makes recommendations and presents reports.

• Directs and supervises the administration of county offices, departments, boards, commissions, and agencies under the general control of the Board of Commissioners.

• Prepares and submits general fund and capital fund budgets to the Board of Commissioners for review and approval.

• Shall make any other reports that the board of commissioners may require concerning the operations of county offices, departments, boards, commissions, and agencies.

• Prepares annual financial and administrative activity reports.

• Appoints all county officers, employees, and agents except for elected positions and those otherwise provided for by law.

• Prepares and recommends programs and/or policies for adoption by the Board of Commissioners.

• Provides information to the general public, the news media, and other interested parties.

• The county manager shall perform any other duties that may be required or authorized by the board of commissioners.

• The manager shall receive a minimum of six clock hours of education upon the occurrence, or within six months of the occurrence, of any of the following:

a. The Local Government Commission is exercising its authority under Article 10 of Chapter 159 of the General Statutes with respect to the county.

b. The county has received a unit letter from the Local Government Commission due to a deficiency in complying with Chapter 159 of the General Statutes.

c. The county has an internal control material weakness or significant deficiency in the most recently completed financial audit.

d. The county is included on the most recently published Unit Assistance List issued by the Department of State Treasurer. (b) The education required by subdivision (9) of subsection (a) of this section shall incorporate fiscal management and the requirements of Chapter 159 of the General Statutes. The G.S. 153A-82 Page 2 education may be provided by the Local Government Commission, the School of Government at the University of North Carolina, the North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, or other qualified sources at the choice of the governing board and upon the prior approval of the Local Government Commission. The clerk to the governing board shall maintain a record verifying receipt of the education by the manager and shall provide this information, upon request, to the Secretary of the Local Government Commission. (1927, c. 91, ss. 6, 7; 1973, c. 822, s. 1; 2021-124, s. 3.)


Salary will be based on qualifications, education and experience. Hiring range: $149,011 - $223,516


• Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or related field preferred; or a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.

• Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in local government administration; or equivalent combination of education & experience.

• Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the county government in order to direct and coordinate work within the county government, usually interpreted to require five to eight years of county government experience.

• Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

• This position requires permanent residency in Lincoln County.  

Special Requirements

• This position requires permanent residency in Lincoln County.