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Wake leaders seeking input on next manager

Wake County Commissioners invite the public, community partners and employees to participate in the process of hiring a new county manager by completing a short survey. The survey will be open through 12 a.m. Sept. 22, and includes three open-ended questions.

•  What qualifications, competencies, and/or abilities should the County Manager possess?

•  What challenges and opportunities is Wake County facing today and/or in the future?

•  If you could interview the candidate being considered for the position of County Manager, what would you ask him/her?

“As Wake County continues to grow by 25,000 to 30,000 people per year it is important that we select an individual who has the leadership skills to meet both the challenges of today and the future,” said Wake County Commissioners chairman Joe Bryan. “We invite everyone who lives or works in Wake County to participate in the survey. Your thoughtful response will be most helpful.”

The survey is available on and links will be available through the WakeGOV social media channels. People who prefer hard copies can pick them up at libraries and other county facilities. Residents are also invited to mail their feedback to: tCounty Manager Search, c/o Wake County Human Resources, P.O. Box 550, Raleigh, NC 27602

The county manager is responsible for general administration of all County departments and agencies under the guidance of County Commissioners and for maintaining effective relationships with partner organizations. Communicating with groups, partners, press, board and employees is a major function of the position. The county manager also advises the commissioners on financial matters and services and implements commissioners’ policies and goals.

In late July, Wake County Manager David Cooke told commissioners he would retire at the end of November.

To access the survey, visit