City Manager Search


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The City of Asheville is launching a public process, asking about the qualities and the qualifications you think are important for the City Manager position. Public input will be taken through community meetings and a survey available online and at recreation and community centers. The City will also receive input from employees.

Qualities identified by the community will help form the profile for the ideal candidate. This profile will be used in the nationwide recruitment effort. The profile determines the pool of candidates from which City Council will choose.

Public Meetings

South Meeting - May 10 at Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Road South
Two sessions: 4-5:30 pm. or 6-7:30 p.m.

Downtown Meeting - May 19 at City of Asheville Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street
10 - 11:30 a.m.

Additional Meeting added!
May 24 - Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street
6 - 7:30 p.m.

Childcare will be provided for ages 5 and above. Interpretive services will also be available.


Public input will also be taken through an online survey May 10-27 at Open City Hall Asheville. Physical copies will be available at recreation and community centers.


Comments can be left at this number, 828-259-5900.


The City of Asheville uses the council-manager form of local government, under which elected City Council members are the community leaders and policy makers who establish a vision for Asheville, and who hire the city manager to carry out policy and ensure that all residents are equitably served.

The City Manager coordinates the work of department heads and other employees, who help ensure the smooth and efficient delivery of services. The City Manager:

  • Works with elected officials as they develop policies. The City Manager may discuss problems and recommendations, propose new plans, or discuss issues that affect the community and its residents.
  • Ensures that laws and policies approved by elected officials are equitably enforced throughout the city.
  • Develops recommendations for new programs indicating scope, cost and impact for consideration by City Council.
  • Prepares the annual budget, submits it to elected officials for approval and implements it once approved.
  • Supervises department heads and other employees and top appointees who are responsible for day-to-day operations of the city.
  • Ensures customer service efficiency and effectiveness.


Recruitment consultant selection April
Public and employee engagement May
Recruitment begins Late May/Early June
Preliminary candidate reviews June 11-22
Final interviews Week of July 23
Final candidate selection and due diligence Week of July 30
Announcement of new City Manager August
City Manager begins work October/November


Supporting Documents

Request for Proposal for Recruiting Firm

Response from Recruiting Firm

Contact Information

Citizen Engagement Hotline - 828-259-5900