County Manager

Wilson County Government
September 1, 2022
2201 Miller Road S, Wilson, NC
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About Wilson County:

An impressive list of national pharmaceutical, industrial manufacturing, and banking corporations provide a solid employment environment. Wilson County Schools offer the International Baccalaureate Program as well as Wilson Early College Academy, and, most recently, the innovative Wilson Academy of Applied Technology.  Barton College offers numerous enriching opportunities. Wilsonian' s enjoy outstanding recreational activities, ranging from a children's outdoor train to state of the art youth baseball and soccer facilities, plus multiple golf courses and pickleball courts. Production in agriculture remains a top economic driver with tobacco and sweet potato being major cash crops.  There is no need to leave town, but, if you must, Wilson is on the I95 corridor and is an easy drive to North Carolina's beautiful beaches or westward toward the Mountains.  Within the County are seven municipalities, including the capital city Wilson.

About Wilson:

Located just 40 minutes outside of Raleigh, NC a progressive and innovate community, Wilson is North Carolina's first Gigabit city, and owns its fiber optic system, Greenlight. Leveraging the power of high speed internet, Wilson is one of five city recipients of the NC Innovate Award used to develop its local innovation economy. The nationally recognized Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park has become the center of downtown revitalization and includes the construction of Whirligig Station, a historical warehouse restored for residential living. Also located downtown, the Arts Council offers arts and performance opportunities for Wilsonian' s of all ages, and the community has become home to many practicing artists.

About the Position:

County Manager serves as the County’s Chief Executive and reports directly to a seven member Board of Commissioners elected to four year terms. Population is approximately 81,000 located in eastern North Carolina with an annual budget of approximately $118 million and 750 full time employees.  Position is responsible for the administration of all departments of County Government. Plans, directs and supervises the activities and daily operations of all County officials and departments as authorized by North Carolina General Statute (NCGS) 153A-82.   Transmits policies, orders, resolutions and regulations of the Board of Commissioners. Makes arrangements and plans for all meetings of the Board of Commissioners, including the coordination and review of the agenda. Attends all regular and special meetings and participates in all discussion and presents views on all matters coming before the Board. Recommends to the Board of Commissioners such measures for adoption. Keeps the Board of Commissioners informed of the operations of all departments, commissions and agencies of County Government which the Board of Commissioners have the authority to control; makes reports to the Board from time to time upon the affairs of the County and its future financial needs. Prepares and submits the annual budget and capital program to the Board of Commissioners. Consults with all departments, commissions and agencies of County Government in the evaluation of their operating and capital outlay needs. Prepares and recommends policies for adoption by the Board of Commissioners when the development of such policies would tend to promote efficiency and economy in County Government. Supervises Department Heads. Advises and assists other elected or appointed officials. Appoints, suspends, discharges, transfers, or removes County employees pursuant to NCGS 153A-92.


Salary Commensurate with education and experience.


A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business or related field. Master of Public Administration (MPA) preferred, or equivalent combination of training and experience. Prefer at least (5) years of progressively responsible local government experience and/or private sector experience in management and supervision. Experience beyond the minimum stated, in a variety of local government or private sector settings is also highly desirable.  Ideal applicant would have good communication skills, be a good motivator, have demonstrated leadership, decision-making ability and technology skills. Sound financial and accounting background required including budget preparation and oversight as well as successful grant writing experience.

Special Requirements

County residency is required.

Application Process:  

All applicants must complete a Wilson County application form found at the following link: A resume and references may be attached, but is not a substitute.