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: January 27, 2023

Town of Wallace: Finance Director

The Town of Wallace (pop. 3,880), located in southeastern North Carolina is seeking an educated and experienced individual for the position of Finance Director. The Train Depot and Boney Mill Pond point to the town’s history while numerous opportunities for recreation and growing commercial development make Wallace an advancing community. Having 3 exits on I-40, it’s a 40 min. drive to Wilmington, 45 min. to the beaches and an hour and a half to Raleigh.  With 64 full-time employees this full-service municipality has an operating budget of approximately $10 million for FY 2022-23.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business and experience in public finance administration including some supervisory work; Finance Officer Certification or CPA advantageous. Salary range $60,000 to $90,000; excellent benefit package including medical, dental, life insurance, retirement, and paid leave.

Application packet must include cover letter, resume and employment application from our website (incomplete packets will not be considered). Submit packet to: Finance Director Search, 316 E. Murray St., Wallace, NC 28466. Electronic submissions may be sent to:

Open until filled. The Town of Wallace is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posting Date: March 3, 2023

Town of Navassa:  Town Planner

The Town of Navassa is seeking a motivated, independent professional to serve as Town Planner. This position plans and administers local development regulations. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to work with the community to build on Navassa’s historic heritage, natural amenities, and location within the growing Wilmington, NC area.

Essential functions include review of site plans and subdivision plans; processing of zoning permits, rezoning, special use, and variance applications; preparation of planning reports, and researching and writing ordinance amendments. The employee will be responsible for the preparation of agenda packets and presentations for the Town Council, Planning Board, and Board of Adjustment. The position will issue flood permits and oversee floodplain management activities. The position investigates and processes code violation complaints. Additionally, the position acts as the local Stormwater Administrator with technical assistance from the Town’s contracted engineer. Position reports to the Town Council.

Minimum Qualifications

The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with local government officials, engineers, developers, departments, employees, and the general public is required. The successful applicant should have knowledge of planning principles and North Carolina planning law, organizational skills, writing skills, and proficiency in computer applications including Microsoft Office with ArcGIS experience preferred.

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning or a related field and 6 months to 3 years professional experience in permitting, planning and/or code enforcement.


  • North Carolina Driver’s License
  • AICP, CFM, and/or CZO certification preferred

Other Information

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Must be available for occasional evening meetings and during emergency situations.

Compensation: 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; as well as paid holidays. The anticipated hiring range for this position is $60,000 – $65,000 depending on qualifications.

Any offer will be contingent upon successful completion of background check and drug screening. The Town of Navassa is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please send your resume to Michelyn Alston at

Allen Serkin

Executive Director
(910) 395-4553