Chapel Hill Town Council Appoints Maurice Jones as New Town Manager

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

Maurice Jones was appointed the new town manager on July 10, 2018. He will begin at the Town of Chapel Hill on Aug. 20.


Community Engagement Opportunities

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

  1. We heard from you during public input sessions March 4-6, 2018, and during an April 30 Listening Session.
  2. Facebook Live
    Our public input sessions were live streamed on the @ChapelHillGov Facebook channel.
  3. You submitted feedback via an electronic survey. The survey closed on April 30.
  4. The Town Council appointed community members to participate in the Town Manager Assessment Center. The resolution which lists the appointees is at
  5. Watch the March 4 and March 6 public meetings on ChapelHillGov Facebook
    March 4 -
    March 6 -





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

04/12/18: Deadline for Town Manager applications

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

04/23/18: Deadline for community assessor applications

04/27/18: Council subcommittee to recommend community assessor selections 

04/30/18: Community Listening Session about Town Manager Search (7 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library)

05/02/18: Conduct 2nd level screening (5 p.m. Council Closed Session)

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

June 2018: Select candidate to extend conditional offer of employment (Council Closed Session)

07/10/18: Announcement of Town Manager Selection: Chapel Hill Town Council Appoints Maurice Jones as New Town Manager


Town Council Agenda Items Related to Town Manager Search

7/10/2018 -- Consider a Resolution to Appoint a New Town Manager

5/2/2018 -- Resolution to Appoint Community Members to Participate in Town Manager Assessment Center  

3/21/2018 -- Consider a Process for Recruiting and selecting Community Members to Participate in the Town Manager Search Assessment Center

3/7/2018 – Review of Draft Advertisement for Town Manager Process

2/28/2018 – Mayor Pam Hemminger Regarding Search for New Town Manager

2/14/2018 -- Discuss Expectations and Competencies for the Town Manager Recruitment and Selection Process


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.

What is an Assessment Center?

In an effort to get the best information about candidates, the Town will use an assessment center process on May 31 and June 1, 2018. An assessment center provides the opportunity for a team of assessors to view the candidates in simulated scenarios a town manager will face. Assessors from each scenario report back to a review committee where the information is analyzed and a recommendation made about the candidates moving to the next step in the hiring process.

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