The Cape Fear Council of Governments serves as a first response resource to all our local government members and especially those who are tasked with management of their organization. Both elected and appointed leadership has at its finger tips a career local government administrator with over thirty years of local government management experience to use as a sounding board for ideas, advice on any issues, or to use as a facilitator for executive retreats. The Finance Department is available to assist with local government finance questions.

Here is a list of typical Management Services:

  • Professional Administration
  • Confidential Management Consultation
  • Personnel and Human Resources including preparing personnel policy rewrites and Comparative Salary Studies
  • Grants Administration
  • Resource Development-grants
  • Strategic Planning / Budget Retreats
  • Conflict resolution / mitigation
  • Fiscal Control / Budgeting Consult
  • General local government administration consult
  • Utility asset management plans
  • Elected/appointed board training

Some of our current and recent projects/services include:

Brunswick County strategic plan facilitation (2016)
City of Boiling Spring Lakes salary study (2016-17)
City of Southport Asset Management Plan (2017-current)
Pender County salary study (2016-2017)
Town of Belville interim Town Administrator (2016)
Town of Brunswick Asset Management Plan (2016)
Town of Burgaw salary study (2017)
Town of Fair Bluff utility mapping (2017-current)
Town of Ocean Isle Beach salary study (2016)
Town of Shallotte Planning Board training (2016)
Town of Topsail Beach interim Town Manager (2016)
Town of Topsail Beach facility study (2017)

CFCOG staff have facilitated more local government board retreats than can be listed here.  We also recently conducted Planning Board or Board of Adjustment training for the following communities:

City of Boiling Spring Lakes Planning Board (2016)
Pender County Planning Board (2015)
Town of Bolton Planning Board (2016)
Town of Carolina Shores Planning Board & Board of Adjustment (2014)
Town of Calabash Planning Board training (2017)
Town of Holden Beach Planning Board (2014)
Town of Kure Beach Board of Adjustment (2014)
Town of Navassa Planning Board (2015)
Town of Oak Island Planning Board (2015)
Town of Oak Island Board of Adjustment (2014)
Town of St. James Planning Board (2015)
Town of Sunset Beach Planning Board (2015)
Town of Tabor City Planning Board (2016)

Additionally, the Cape Fear Council of Governments hosts quarterly forums for both managers and clerks that provide opportunities for networking, information about upcoming training seminars, and useful information about the Cape Fear Region.


Employment Opportunity

Town of Wallace: Equipment Operator

The Town of Wallace is currently seeking a qualified individual to fill a position for Equipment Operator. This position performs responsible semi-skilled work in the operation of a variety of medium to heavy equipment used in the maintenance and repairs of streets, storm drainage system and sidewalks. Job tasks include (but are not limited to): operation of back hoes, dump trucks, excavators, paving and surfacing equipment and filling in on other crews within Public Services. Responsible for routine maintenance and maintaining records of work activities.

Position requires completion of a high school diploma or GED and a valid NC Driver’s License. Experience in heavy equipment operation preferred.  Salary range $27,500 - $28,875, benefits include retirement, medical, dental and life insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. Job description available upon request. Applications are available online at or at Town Hall, 316 E. Murray Street Wallace, NC  28466, Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm.  Open until filled.  The Town of Wallace is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, creed, nationality, or handicap status.


Town of St. James: Finance Officer

The Town of St. James is looking for a full-time Finance Officer. This position will manage Town funds in accordance with the Local Government Budget & Fiscal Control Act, applicable State & Federal regulations, & sound principles of governmental accounting (GASB) & cash management. A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & a minimum of 2 years of local government accounting & finance experience or a minimum of 3 years of non-government accounting & finance experience is required. A Master’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration &/or a CPA is preferred but not required. If interested please submit a cover letter & resume to Edward Dickie [email protected] before 5PM March 10th. For inquires call 910-253-4730. Full job description can be found @


City of Southport: City Manager

The Southport City Manager is the administrative head of City government providing direction and general management for the administration and operation of each department with the City of Southport and to perform duties as delegated by the Board of Aldermen.

Southport is a Council/City Manager form of government. Appointed by the Board of Aldermen the City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City and is responsible for directing all administrative operations of the City.  The City Manager oversees a General Fund budget of $ 15 million and a workforce of 50 + employees. The City Manager also functions as the Director of Personnel and Budget Officer.  Other City of Southport departments include Planning/ Building Inspections, Animal Protective Services/Code Enforcement, Finance, Police, Fire/ Rescue, Public Services i.e. water/ wastewater, electric, Tourism and Parks and Recreation.


As a minimum, candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as public administration or political science.  A Master’s Degree in public or business administration is preferred.

Substitution of Education for Experience:  An extensive track record of success in local government may be substituted for formal education.

Candidates must have a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory level municipal leadership experience or equivalent.

Success in grant writing experience is essential.

Residency in the City limits is required.  Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience.


The City Manager receives direction and assignments from the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.


Salary commensurate with experience and negotiable.


Submit a completed City application (online at to City of Southport, Attention: City Clerk, 1029 N. Howe Street, Southport, NC  28461.  Or, email your completed application to [email protected]

The City of Southport is an equal opportunity employer.

Allen Serkin

Executive Director
(910) 395-4553

[email protected]