Deputy County Manager

Forsyth County
April 2, 2024
201 North Chestnut Street, Winson Salem, NC
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201 North Chesnut Steet, Winston Salem, NC 27101
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We are recruiting for a Deputy County Manager. The next Deputy County Manager will be responsible for assisting the County Manager with all aspects of county administration.

As the 4th largest county in North Carolina, with a population of 385,000, Forsyth County has over 2500 positions in 25+ departments and an annual operating budget of $570 million. Our mission is to cooperatively support and maintain a community which is safe and healthy, convenient and pleasant to live in, with educational, cultural and economic opportunities for all. We provide certain services which the Board of Commissioners has determined to be necessary and appropriate to advance this mission. 

The ideal candidate will be a transformational leader and have thorough knowledge of the organization and functions of County government and must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Thorough knowledge of State law and regulations affecting County government.

Thorough knowledge of sources of information needed in preparing research reports and making administrative decisions.

Ability to assist in the coordination of the efforts of various departments and agencies.

Ability to explain County policies and procedures and to determine their effectiveness.

Ability to deal effectively with government officials, the public, and other employees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

Provide direct supervision to several department heads and assist the County Manager with management and supervision of County departments (departmental assignments are subject to change).

Serve as a convener and collaborator between the County and external agencies in an effort to provide quality services to the County’s citizens.

Assist in the preparation of the annual County budget and in controlling expenditures.

Serve as a liaison between the departments, the County Manager and boards.

Attend meetings as a representative of the County Manager and presents to civic groups.


Depends on Qualifications


The selected candidate must become a resident of Forsyth County no more than 180 days after the first day of employment as Deputy County Manager.  

Graduation from a four-year college with a degree in public administration, business administration, or a closely related field and five years of progressively responsible experience in a state or local government, including three years as a department head, assistant/deputy manager, or other relevant position.

A master's degree in public administration or a closely related field preferred.

A four-year degree outside of the relevant academic field plus additional years of relevant experience may also be considered.  

A valid N.C. Driver's License is required.