Chapel Hill Town Manager Search

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The Town Council has contracted with Developmental Associates to lead the search process for a new Town Manager. Community participation is welcomed throughout the search process.

After 45 years in local government service including 12 at Chapel Hill, current Town Manager Roger L. Stancil announced last November his plans to retire. He will continue to serve as town manager and assist with the leadership transition when a candidate is selected by the Town Council.

This webpage will be updated throughout the search process.


Community Engagement Opportunities

Developmental Associates collects all public comment to provide to the Town Council for its review.

  1. Public Input Sessions -- We heard from you during public input sessions March 4-6, 2018.
  2. Facebook Live
    Our public input sessions were live streamed on the @ChapelHillGov Facebook channel.
  3. Survey available at
  4. Email at



Tentative Schedule  

Here are the key dates for the Council during this selection process (future dates are tentative):

02/14/18: Provide job and organizational input (Council Business Meeting)

03/04/18: Community Input Session #1 (Hargraves Community Center)

03/05/18: Community Input Session #2 (Christ United Methodist Church)

03/06/18: Community Input Session #3(Chapel Hill Public Library)

03/07/18: Provide feedback on draft job advertisement (Council Business Meeting) 

03/09/18: Post job advertisement

04/11/18: Conduct initial (first) level screening (5 PM Council Closed Session)

05/02/18: Conduct second level screening (5 PM Council Closed Session)

06/01/18: Assessment Center Debrief (Council Closed Session)

06/11/18: Select candidate to extend conditional offer of employment (Council Closed Session)


What is a Town Manager?

Chapel Hill has a council-manager form of government. The nine Town Council members, including the mayor, are directly elected by citizens. The Town Council appoints the town manager. Each has a different set of responsibilities. The Town Council sets policies; the town manager and his/her staff carry them out. As a professional administrator, the town manager coordinates all day-to-day operations and administration of about 700 employees and an annual budget of about $100 million.

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