City Manager Search


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Update (10/17/2018)


City Council names Debra D. Campbell Asheville City Manager

Update (9/25/2018)

City Council invited twelve community members to participate in the search for City Manager by providing input and perspective on a list of candidates.  Ten of those members accepted and are listed here:

 Elaine Poovey  Djuana Swann
 Kim McGuire  Marc Hunt
 Carmen Ramos-Kennedy  Terry Bellamy
 Sala Merritt   Vicki Meath
  Kit Cramer   Roxanne Wynne
During the September 25 City Council meeting, under closed session, the candidate pool was narrowed down from 13 to 6 semifinalists.  Council will be conducting face-to-face interviews with those semifinalists on October 4 and 5. There is planned to be an opportunity for a public meet and greet during the final rounds of interviews, which is expected to be mid October. 




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.
Session 1 Document - 6 Attendees
Session 2 Document - 4 Attendees

Staff Meeting -
May 17 Stephens Lee Center
Document - 27 Attendees

Downtown Meeting -
May 19 at City of Asheville Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Session 3 Document - 4 Attendees

Additional Meeting Added 
May 24 - Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Session 4 Document - 8 Attendees

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


Update (07/03/2018)

The recruiting brochure is complete! View here


Engagement Update (06/04/2018)

The survey was open May 7-27, 2018. So far, this topic had 392 visitors and 124 responses. That's 6.2 hours of public comment at an average of 3 minutes per response. Paper ballot tabulation, including from public input sessions, are included in this report. In addition to the survey, there were four different information sessions, and input provided via email and the Nextdoor app. 



Engagement Update (05/24/2018)

As of noon, May 24, the City Manager qualities survey on Open City Hall has had 361 visitors and 101 responses: 57 registered responses and 44 unregistered responses.  There have been 0 received messages on the hotline.

That's 5.1 hours of public comment at an average of 3 minutes per response.

The deadline for participation is 11 p.m. May 27.

When the survey closes over the weekend, CAPE will collect all physical surveys from neighborhoods and our recreation and community centers on Tuesday (after we get back from the holiday) and input them into the survey.
The outcome, compilation of all responses, will be posted on the Outcome tab on the survey. (see screenshot below)



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.

Estimated Timeline (Updated 08/29/2018)

As you will note in the brochure, candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and resume by July 30, when we will begin the initial screening of resumes.  The position remains open until filled; if additional qualified candidates come to our attention after that date, we will bring them forward to the City Council for consideration.  With July 30 as the first date of review, the timeline for the process is revised as follows:

Recruitment consultant selection April
Public and employee engagement May
Recruitment begins July 2 - July 30
Candidate Screening July 30 - August 3
 Candidate Assessment August 3 - September 17
 City Council Selection of Finalists September 25 City Council Meeting
Interviews October 1 - October 19
Candidate Selection Week of October 29 or November 5
Announcement of new City Manager Week of November 5 or November 12
City Manager begins work December / January


Supporting Documents

Request for Proposal for Recruiting Firm

 Response from Recruiting Firm 

Recruiting Brochure

Session 1 Document

Session 2 Document 

Session 3 Document 

Session 4 Document 

Staff Session Document

Master Input Document (all input apart from survey results)

Survey Results

Nextdoor App Feedback

Contact Information

Citizen Engagement Hotline - 828-259-5900