Listening Session on Town Manager Search

Post Date:04/20/2018 3:37 PM

The Town Council has scheduled a public listening session as they continue a nationwide search for a new Town Manager. The listening session will take place on Monday, April 30, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library, Room A, 100 Library Drive. As part of this session, the public will receive a status update on the search and selection process and will have the opportunity to interact with the Council in a small-group setting. 

If you cannot attend the listening session, there are other ways to provide your input:

Take a Survey

A survey form is available at

Email your views

All comments will be collected at 

Email comments and survey responses will be accepted through April 30.

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. 

More about the Town Manager 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.

The Town Council has contracted with Developmental Associates to lead the search process. After a public input process to help define the competencies sought in the next town manager, the job advertisement was posted on March 9. The deadline for Town Manager applications was April 12 and the Council has set a goal to select a candidate by the end of June. For more information, visit


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