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The Town of Morehead City (2021 pop. 9,688), hereinafter referred to as “City”, is located on North Carolina’s renowned Crystal Coast, enticing residents and visitors with its local charm and vibrant business community. The City boasts one of only two deep water seaports in North Carolina, supporting a vibrant international shipping center. The annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, the largest marlin tournament in the country, draws enormous crowds as well as numerous private and charter boats spanning a period of two weeks. The City also hosts the North Carolina Seafood Festival, the second largest festival in North Carolina honoring the fishing industry and the bounty of seafood the Crystal Coast provides. Morehead City’s major industries include tourism, sport and commercial fishing, and marine research. These trades take full advantage of the rural coastal area, creating a seasonal economy that is complemented by the Town’s close proximity to two growing Marine Corps bases and air stations at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point. Morehead City is also home to a growing marine science community with research facilities from the North Carolina State University Marine Sciences and Technology Center, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, and the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries and Carteret Community College.

The Town of Morehead City operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is composed of the Mayor and five council members. The Mayor and Council appoint the City Manager, City Attorney, and Tax Collector. Morehead City’s range of services for the community and the annual influx of visitors to the City. The Town of Morehead City serves its citizens with an operating budget of $30 million, 178 full-time employees, and 73 part-time/seasonal employees.

The City Manager is appointed and responsible for implementing policies, resolutions, and ordinances adopted by the City Council. The City Manager is responsible for preparing the annual budget and the day-to -day administration of all departments, including Fire & EMS, Finance, Human Resources, Planning & Inspections, Police, Public Services, Parks & Recreation, and the Morehead City Library. The City Manager directly oversees the Administration Department, comprised of the City Clerk, Executive Administrative Assistant, and Communications Director. The City Manager will be responsible to the City Council for the administration and technical direction of the personnel program.

The City Manager will be a dynamic, transformative leader whose vision, integrity, and passion for the City will inspire others. A transparent communicator, the City Manager will earn the respect of others and build trusting relationships in the City organization and community. The City Manager will be accessible, visible, and immersed in the fabric of the community, serving as the face of the City. As an effective ambassador in the community, the City Manager will educate the citizenry on matters of importance that impact the City, and will communicate and promote the great things the City is doing. The City Manager will strive to engage citizens and genuinely listen to all voices. A quick study with a keen grasp of the issues, the City Manager will help the City Council establish and stay focused on its top priorities and work with the management team to plan and implement those priorities. The City Manager will be a uniter and work through personalities to bridge gaps and build consensus.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a closely related field, and a minimum of seven years professional experience, five of which shall be at the department director, assistant city manager, deputy city manager, or similar level of leadership responsibilities are required. A master’s degree, and candidates that have achieved International City Manager Association Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM) are highly desired. Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills will be considered.

The Town of Morehead City offers a competitive salary of $125,136 – $195,213, depending on the hired candidate’s qualifications and experience. The City provides a competitive benefits package including, Medical, dental, vision, life, short-term disability insurance (City-paid employee coverage), Health Savings Accounts/Flexible Spending Accounts, Participation in the North Carolina Local Government Employees’ Retirement System, Participation in the NC 401K Plan – 5% City contribution, Vacation, sick, holiday, paid-parental, bereavement leave, and a Tuition reimbursement program. Residency is required for the next City Manager. The City will offer a relocation allowance to the successful candidate.

The City invites qualified professionals to submit their cover letter and resume at: This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than November 18, 2022. Following this date, the lead consultant will evaluate all applications against the posted qualifications and may invite a select number of applicants to complete additional assignments or participate in a virtual or in-person interviews. The City will reimburse candidates for expenses related to the second round in-person interviews. This announcement will remain posted, and we will continue to accept applications until an offer is extended and accepted. For more information, please contact Anne Lewis at or at 703-923-8214 or Yolanda Howze at or 312-240-3401.

It is the policy of the Town of Morehead City to avoid discrimination and promote equal employment opportunities without regard to age, color, disability, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.