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Claremont Invites Your Interest for the Position of Chief of Police

Located in North Carolina’s picturesque Western Piedmont Region, the City of Claremont is seeking a community oriented public servant and innovative professional to serve as the next Police Chief. Under the direct supervision of the City Manager, the Police Chief is responsible for an annual budget of over $1 million. The department consists of nine full time and two part time employees, includes one captain, one sergeant, and two corporals. Claremont is known for its low crime rate, which will give the new chief a unique professional opportunity to grow and continue to modernize the department (the department is currently in the process for NCDOJ accreditation). The successful candidate must be a leader with strong interpersonal skills and a proven record of successful communication with elected officials, staff, and citizens. We look forward to your application!



North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments Request for Proposals - Executive Director

The North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments (NCARCOG) is seeking proposals from qualified individuals and firms to serve as NCARCOG’s full-time Executive Director.  NCARCOG seeks to establish a contract with an individual or firm that is experienced in organizational leadership and management, public policy, governmental service delivery, and partnership building.  The Executive Director position description is included as part of this document.


The NCARCOG Board of Directors will conduct an evaluation of submitted proposals and will award a contract to the individual or firm whose proposal is determined to be most advantageous to NCARCOG.  The initial contract resulting from the RFP will be effective after approval by the NCARCOG Board of Directors to start on an agreed upon date for a period not to exceed three years, with annual renewal contingent upon contractual requirements being satisfied based on a mid-year review and an end-of-year review by the NCARCOG Board of Directors.  NCARCOG will determine when it will be appropriate to issue a new RFP for the Executive Director position or to renew for a successive contract.


Background Information

Councils of Governments in North Carolina are the result of 1969 legislation that charged the North Carolina Department of Administration with developing “a system of multi-county regional planning districts to cover the entire state” after Congress passed the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act in 1968 calling for closer cooperation between federal programs and state and local governments.  By 1970, a gubernatorial executive order had designated 18 regions in North Carolina.  In 1971, the state announced its Lead Regional Organization Policy that directed state agencies to partner with a single regional organization in each designated region of the state for the delivery of services.  Councils of Governments have been operating in North Carolina since 1972 although many were organically organized by local governments long before official state designation.  As the landscape in the state changed some regions merged, creating the 16 Councils of Governments serving the state.


North Carolina’s Councils of Governments provide a wide variety of programs and services to their local governments and citizens.  The nature and extent of programs and services vary depending on local needs and priorities.  Each Council of Governments maintains a core staff to ensure effective and efficient service delivery and program implementation.  In many regions, local governments contract with their Council of Governments for services in specialized areas.

Duties & Expectations

The following job description describes NCARCOG’s duties and expectations of the organization’s Executive Director.

General Statement of Duties

The Executive Director shall serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the NCARCOG and, therefore, shall direct the day-to-day management of the organization, lead the organization’s strategic planning efforts, assist the Executive Committee with the management of the organization’s financial resources, actively participate in the organization’s legislative advocacy efforts, develop and maintain strategic relationships with key stakeholders, and represent the organization in interactions with local, state, and federal partners.


Primary Objectives

The Executive Director shall:


  • Provide creative leadership for and advice to NCARCOG members.

  • Execute NCARCOG policies and programs.

  • Aggressively pursue funding opportunities for NCARCOG and its members through governmental and non-governmental organizations.

  • Develop and implement strategies to strengthen the sixteen councils of government through identifying ways to improve the consistency and quality of state-wide and local programs.

  • Create a culture that emphasizes quality, continuous improvement, high performance, and accountability.

  • Represent the organization in a professional manner at the local, state, and federal levels, with governmental officials, membership organizations, and interest groups.


Reporting Structure

The Executive Director shall serve as staff to the NCARCOG and shall directly report to the Board of Directors of the NCARCOG.


The Executive Director shall directly supervise other staff, if any, of the NCARCOG.  The Executive Director maintains sole discretion for hiring and releasing persons from employment of the NCARCOG.



The Executive Director shall:


  • Serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the NCARCOG and perform other duties as may be defined by actions of the NCARCOG.

  • Serve as the NCARCOG point of contact for all programs and activities.

  • Lead efforts to identify and address public policy issues as they emerge.

  • Inform governmental entities, public and private organization, the general public, and key stakeholders about the services and value provided by the 16 councils of governments and the NCARCOG as a whole.

  • Represent the NCARCOG before agencies of the legislative and executive branches of both state and federal government.

  • Work to position the NCARCOG to take advantage of strategic opportunities in order to further the mission of the organization.

  • Advise the NCARCOG on programmatic, organizational, and administrative activities and issues.

  • Prepare and implement an annual work plan and budget for the NCARCOG.

  • Employ, manage, and evaluate employees, contract professionals, and/or other staff.

  • Manage special projects and perform other duties as directed by the NCARCOG.

  • Oversee and execute agreements as authorized by the Board of Directors or Executive Committee.

  • Provide reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding projects and programs.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Excellent working knowledge of and ability to apply general management principles; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials in local, state, and federal government, as well as, private sector agencies and quasi-governmental organizations; extensive knowledge and ability to interpret and communicate laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines on a variety of programs; ability to select, develop, organize, motive, and effectively use a team; sound understanding of budgeting procedures and multi-funded financial operations; excellent oral and written communication skills; and ability to work independently and creatively.


Acceptable Experience and Training

A master’s degree in public administration, business administration or related field, plus a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public service, including management and supervision and intergovernmental relations.




A bachelor’s degree plus at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in public service, including management and supervision and intergovernmental relations.

Special Requirements

Possession of a valid driver's license.


Physical Requirements

Work is generally sedentary, requiring the exertion of 10 pounds of force occasionally and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects.  Must have visual acuity to be able to prepare and analyze data and figures for accounting, perform extensive reading, operate a computer and other office equipment, determine accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observe general surroundings and activities.  Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.  Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels.  Physical activities may include climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and grasping.


Working Conditions

Work is generally performed in an office environment without exposure to harmful conditions.  Position is subject to meetings outside the normal 8-hour day and may include travel to other facilities or locations.


FLSA Status




This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the Executive Director.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, authorities, and qualifications required of the Executive Director to perform the job. The NCARCOG reserves the right to assign or otherwise modify the duties assigned, and develop a new job description.


Response Format

Responses must include the following information that will serve as the basis for rating qualifications of individuals/firms in this RFP.  In the review process, NCARCOG will evaluate proposals on the basis of the following information that must be submitted for each response:


  1. Provide a resume or executive summary – highlight your relevant experience, educational background, and ability to effectively serve as the NCARCOG Executive Director.

  2. Provide a detailed salary history (if an individual) or a detailed cost proposal (if a firm).

  3. Provide at least three professional references and include name, title, organization, phone number, and email address.

  4. You may also provide any additional information that may be germane to the proposal.



Individuals and firms responding to this proposal must submit their proposal by email to Justin Hembree, Mid-Carolina Regional Council, at no later than 5pm on January 15, 2024.  All proposals must be submitted as a Word document or as a PDF.


Important Dates

RFP Notice/Open for Submission             December 4, 2023

Proposal Submission Deadline                 January 15, 2024

Search Committee Interviews                 February 2024

Board Consideration/Contract Approval    March 2024

New Executive Director Announces          TBD


Questions concerning this RFP should be directed to Justin Hembree at

Granite Falls is Now Hiring - Town Manager

Nestled in North Carolina’s Western Piedmont Region, with views of the Appalachian Mountains and access to the banks of the Catawba River, the Town of Granite Falls was founded in 1791 and incorporated in 1899. With a celebration of rich mill history and focus on quality future growth, Granite Falls seeks an experienced manager with demonstrated knowledge of public administration and local government services. The Town Manager serves as the chief executive officer and manages operations in eight departments with 71 full-time, 4 part-time, and 40 seasonal employees while developing and administering an annual budget of $18,302,730. The successful candidate must be a leader with strong interpersonal skills and a proven record of successful communication with elected officials, staff, and citizens. We look forward to your application!


Located in Caldwell County, the Town of Granite Falls is home to about 5,100 residents. With an inviting, small town feel and natural amenities featuring sparkling waters splashing over huge granite boulders, Granite Falls is ideally situated in the Western Piedmont Region, near fast-growing Hickory and an hour drive to Charlotte, Asheville, and Boone.


The Town operates under the Council-Manager form of government and is comprised of a Mayor and six-member Town Council elected at-large and serving four-year staggered terms. The Town has eight departments: Administration (including Finance, HR, Planning & Zoning); Police; Fire; Parks & Recreation; Electric Services; Water Treatment Facility; Wastewater Treatment Facility; and Public Works (includes streets, cemetery, trash/ recycling/ leaf collection, water/ sewer line maintenance). The Town staff includes a total of 71 full-time, 4 part-time, and 40 seasonal employees. The new manager will have immediate, exciting opportunities including the newly renovated recreation complex, $4.9 million in CDBG funds for water/ sewer line replacements, $5 million in state appropriation for the construction of a new fire station, and the desire of the Town Council to plan and fund revitalization of the downtown along with existing commercial and residential properties. The Town also recently completed a pay and classification study, stormwater plan, comprehensive plan, and updated its personnel policy.


Submit a letter of interest, resume, and WPCOG application to the following:

Western Piedmont Council of Governments

Attn: Anthony Starr, Executive Director

PO Box 9026

Hickory, NC 28603

Electronic submission of applications via email at is encouraged. Please submit application materials no later than Monday, November 20th. Candidates will be subject to an interview and assessment process. The first round of interviews are expected to take place in early January 2024.


For the full job ad and WPCOG application, please click on the following links:

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