The Triangle has lost another high-ranking public employee to Fort Worth, Texas.
John Carman, Raleigh’s public utilities director, will work his last day here on March 6, then become water director for Fort Worth in April.
Carman follows the path of David Cooke, the former Wake County manager, who became Fort Worth’s city manager last June.
Carman, who spent most of his career in Utah, started work here in January 2010. No successor has been named.
New deputy in Wake
Wake County has a new deputy manager. David Ellis, currently an assistant city manager in Charlottesville, Va., will start here March 23.
Ellis will be one of two deputies to Manager Jim Hartmann. He also has served as assistant to the Fairfax County, Va., manager.
His starting salary for Wake County will be $160,000.
Storrow seeks ideas
Chapel Hill Councilman Lee Storrow has invited residents to join him for a series of town hall-style conversations over the next few weeks.
The series of four meetings should generate discussion about critical community issues, Storrow said, including social and environmental justice, economic development and collaboration opportunities among local governments.
“As a public servant, I want to create opportunities for residents to engage with local government and play an active role in shaping the future of our community,” Storrow said. “I hope folks come to the town hall events with an open mind and ideas for how we can build a more vibrant, livable community in Chapel Hill.”
The first conversation – about the future of downtown Chapel Hill – starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, at DSI Comedy, 462 W. Franklin St. Other meetings are set for Feb. 28, March 5 and March 12.
For more information, go to www.leestorrow.com/events.
• The Wake County Republican Party has rescheduled its 2015 Combined Precinct Meeting to Monday, in the Holshouser Building on the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Doors open at 5 p.m., meeting starts at 7 p.m. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is the keynote speaker.
Compiled by Andrew Kenney and Tammy Grubb.