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

Posting Date: November 21, 2022

Town of Navassa: Town Planner

Town of Navassa is seeking a motivated professional to perform planning duties in the Planning Department.  This position works as part of the development review to ensure consistent and proper application of the Town’s development ordinances to projects submitted for review. It requires familiarity with the different stages of the zoning, subdivision, and PUD application process.

Duties include:
Reviewing development proposals and site plans to ensure compliance with plans, zoning codes, flood codes, and related regulations

  • Performing with considerable independence within the scope of professional methods and procedures.
  • Conducting field investigations to ensure compliance with the development ordinance requirements.
  • Interacting with the public by responding to inquiries related to development regulations; resolving citizen issues; and
  • Communicating both in writing and verbally through presentations, reports, formal review comments, and informal feedback discussions.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Planning and two (2) years of professional level planning experience.

Candidates must have excellent customer service, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills. Must have excellent computer skills including the ability to create graphic designs, development strategies, and render site plans.

Experience utilizing GIS preferred.


  • NC Driver License
  • CZO, AICP, CFM, CSM Certification preferred or must be obtained within two years of employment

Other Information

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Must be available to work during emergency situations.

Compensation: Salary will be determined based on qualifications.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2022


Town of Navassa: Town Administrator

General Powers and Duties
The Town Administrator, under the direction of the Town Council, is responsible for the administration of all town functions and activities for which the office of Town Administrator is given responsibility. The Town Administrator is responsible for the efficient administration of all departments and employees under the jurisdiction of the Town of Navassa.

The Town Administrator implements policies established by the Town Council in accordance with the strategic direction they set forth. The Town Administrator manages the day-to-day operations of the Town in accordance with these policies and strategies. To do so, the Town Administrator maintains close contact with the Town Council, keeps the Town of Navassa advised of his/her activities and decisions, and makes recommendations regarding town operations, as well as any developing concerns.

The Town Administrator provides leadership and direction in the development of short-range and long-range plans, provides professional advice to Town Council and department heads, keeps the Town Council fully advised regarding all departmental operations, the availability of federal funds, grants, fiscal affairs, problems, administrative actions, and the long-range needs of the Town, and gathers, interprets, and prepares reports and recommendations for the Town of Navassa and/or the Town at large, including elected and appointed boards and committees.

The Town Administrator is the primary interface for the Town with neighboring towns, public and private sector organizations. 

The Town Administrator serves at the pleasure of the Town Council and is subject to annual review by the Town Council.

Education and Experience

Qualifications for appointment include:
Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education in public or business administration or a related field of study.
At least five years of related professional municipal experience.
Expertise in the operation and organization of municipal government.
The Town of Navassa may waive any or all educational or professional requirements should the Town Council determine that doing so would be in the best interests of the Town.
Specific Skills/Knowledge

The Town Administrator must have the following skills and knowledge:
In-depth knowledge of NC General Statues as it affects Towns
In-depth knowledge of Town management functions including goal setting, planning, and staffing
Project management
Familiarity with computer applications including MS Word, MS Excel, and other applications
Communication skills, both oral and written
Collaborative approach to problem solving
Town Administrator must reside within 25 miles from Town limits.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Works collaboratively with the Town Council in the appointment of positions. Appointment and removal of these positions are subject to the approval of the Town Council. The Town Administrator's appointment authority does not extend to non-employees appointed to committees or other positions by the Town of Navassa.

Directly, or through departmental heads, the Town Administrator supervises and provides for recruitment and training of Town employees.

Supervises and directs with respect to operations all employees in a manner consistent with the general policies adopted by the Town of Navassa applicable to all departments and with the Town 's personnel policies.

Development of objectives and employment incentives for department heads, maintains close contact with their activities and department operations, evaluates their performance, and makes recommendations as to their compensation and their scope of duties.

Administers the Town of Navassa's office by receiving and making appropriate disposition of all correspondence and communications; anticipates the needs of the Town of Navassa for information and background material for setting policy and making decisions.

Conducts regular staff meetings and reviews program goals and objectives with department heads; evaluates performance and effective utilization of equipment, manpower, and other records.

Public Relations
The Town Administrator serves as the public relations and communications officer of the Town. He/She solicits input from and consults with department heads on matters involving their departments, and with the Town of Navassa when necessary, regarding Town policies and direction. The Town Administrator engages in a variety of public relations and Town-wide coordination activities to ensure support from appropriate public and private constituencies and other institutions and government entities. He/She works with local, county, state, and federal officials to identify and resolve problems, gain support, or exchange information. He/She makes presentations to staff, boards, commissions, civic groups, and the public to communicate official plans, policies, and procedures, and to keep them up to date on Town activities.

Record Maintenance
The Town Administrator ensures that full and complete records of the financial and administrative activities of the Town are kept and makes available periodic reports to the Town Council of all Town administrative operations during the period. These reports are made available to the public.

Advice/Recommendations to the Town of Navassa
The Town Administrator keeps the Town Council fully advised as to the needs of the Town and recommends to the Town Council for adoption any measures requiring action by them or by the town meeting. The Town Administrator informs the Town Council and other appropriate boards of all relevant statutory and regulatory changes.

Attendance at Town of Navassa Meetings
The Town Administrator attends all regular and special meetings of the Town of Navassa, including executive sessions, unless excused in advance by the Town Council. The Town Administrator has a voice, but no vote, in all its proceedings.

Under the leadership of the Finance Director, the Town Administrator assists in the preparation and presentation to the Town of Navassa, and, at the Council's direction, to the Finance Committee, an annual operating budget along with a schedule for submission of information by departments of the Town. The proposed budget recommendation includes details concerning likely amounts to be raised by taxation and the resulting tax rate. Also, working with the Finance Director, the Town Administrator shall submit annually a five-year capital improvement plan, including cost estimates, proposed financing, costs associated with acquisition, and future operation and maintenance of any capital item.

Contract Negotiations
The Town Administrator participates in labor negotiations and grievance procedures as directed by the Town Council. This applies to all personnel contracts and collective bargaining agreements, including contracts with Town employees involving wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. All such contracts and agreements are subject to the approval of the Town Council.

The Town Administrator reviews and signs all payroll and expense warrants submitted by the Finance Director for payment of Town funds.

The Town Administrator is the chief procurement officer for the Town. The Town Administrator assist and/or prepares Request for Bid/Proposal specifications, analyzes the resulting submittals, and serves as the Town's contract and grant administrator.

Licenses and Permits
The Town Administrator supervises and monitors, as appropriate, the application process for all licenses and permits issued by the Town and schedules any meetings with the department head as required as part of the application process. In doing so, the Town Administrator coordinates and cooperates as appropriate with the Planning Department.

Other Duties
The Town Administrator oversees the Town's personnel system; proposes personnel policies to the Town Council; maintains personnel records of employees. The Town Administrator provides leadership on local and regional initiatives that improve the overall performance of the Town in the delivery of services to the residents of the Town.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Lifts/moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds, files, and types on a keyboard, at a moderate speed. Operates an automobile to perform in-town and out-of-town travel to transact Town business (this requires a valid driver's license). Travel to night meetings in order to confer with the Town of Navassa and other Town bodies. Regularly conveys information to the public.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: Up to $70,000.00 per year

COVID-19 considerations:

The governing body of the Town of Navassa has concluded that supporting the efforts to encourage vaccination among the Town’s employees would further the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and residents of Navassa.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2022

Allen Serkin

Executive Director
(910) 395-4553