As reported in the following Town of Cary PSA and first posted by d4vendel in the carypolitics forums, long-time Cary Town Manager Bill Coleman has announced his retirement, effective October 17.
It’s hard to imagine Cary without Bill at the helm (indeed, Bill’s been managing the Town as long as I’ve been here, and I’ll bet that’s true for many people).
Join in the discussion of this topic on the Local Issues forum or comment here.
In the meantime carypolitics.org undoubtedly wishes Bill the very best and commends his decades of public service.
—–Town of Cary PSA:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2008
COLEMAN TO RETIRE FROM PUBLIC SERVICE
CARY, NC – After more than 30 years in local government, Cary Town Manager Bill Coleman, 57, has decided to retire from public service and join the local government group of SAS, where he will use his vast knowledge of governments’ inner-workings to help the company devise and implement software solutions for governmental operations. His last day at Cary Town Hall will be October 17, 2008.
"I appreciate very much the opportunity I have had to work for the elected officials and citizens of the Town of Cary; Cary is a great place to live, work and raise a family," said Coleman. "The Town has been blessed with outstanding leadership, and I am confident that the Mayor and Council, along with the staff, will continue to move Cary forward as the premier community in the country."
Regarding Coleman’s departure, Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said that "it is thanks in very large measure to Bill’s hard work, leadership, ideas, and professionalism that Cary became and is today one of the greatest communities in the nation. I assure the people of Cary that we have every intention of maintaining the excellent course and direction Bill has set for our Town government. While Bill will be sorely missed, we are very happy that his next career will keep him here in Cary, and we wish him the very best."
A native of Red Springs, NC, Coleman served as the Chatham County Manager as well as the Town Manager for Pittsboro and Southern Pines, NC. He came to Cary in 1988 as the Assistant Town Manager and has served as Cary’s CEO since 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University and a Master of Public Affairs from North Carolina State University. He is also a graduate of the Municipal and County Administration Course from the School of Government at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and he has received several awards for his work in community service, including being named the Citizen of the Year by the Cary Chamber of Commerce and Outstanding Administrative Alumnus from NC State.
Between now and Coleman’s leaving in October, the Cary Town Council will develop plans for filling the manager position vacancy.
Bill Coleman, Town Manager, (919) 469-4002
Ben Shivar, Assistant Town Manager, (919) 469-4003
Susan Moran, Public Information Officer, (919) 460-4951