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 Topsail Beach
Job Title:
Town Manager
Salary Range: Min $94,440 - Max 146,382
Appointment Type: Regular, Full-Time

The Town of Topsail Beach is currently seeking candidates for the position of Town Manager.  Situated at the southern end of Topsail Island, the Town of Topsail Beach boasts a friendly, family-oriented style of beach living.  Topsail Beach has a full-time population of just over 400, but the seasonal influx of tourists increases the population to over 10,000 in the summer months.

Topsail Beach is a council-manager form of government, and the Town Manager works at the direction of the Board.  The Town Manager will be responsible for daily operations of the Town with a team of 30 full-time employees as well as part-time and seasonal employees. The Town Manager will oversee all departments including Police, Fire, Public Works, Finance, Town Planning, Building Inspections and Permitting.  The Town also owns and maintains the water system. The total FY21-22 budget (including General Fund, Enterprise Fund and Grants) is $ 12.8 million.

Candidates seeking the position of the Topsail Beach Manager must be customer oriented and relate effectively to elected officials, residents, property owners, and visitors.  Must be available in case of a disaster, either natural or man-made, to serve the Town of Topsail Beach.

Education and Experience Requirements:
The position requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation with a bachelor’s degree or Masters’ degree (preferred) in public administration or a related field and some town management experience.
Compensation and Benefits:
The Town provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, and life insurance; Local Government Employees Retirement System (LGERS) and 401K contribution; annual vacation and sick leave; paid holidays.

To Apply:
To apply submit a Topsail Beach Employment Application to Topsail Beach, Attn: Asst. Town Manager, 820 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC 28445.  Alternatively, application materials may be emailed to Christina Burke, Assistant Town Manager, at  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of applications but are encouraged. A separate application is required for each position for which you want to apply.

Topsail Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Allen Serkin

Executive Director
(910) 395-4553