On Friday, February 28, 2014, Wake County Commissioners named Jim Hartmann as the next Wake County Manager. The Manager is responsible for general administration of all County departments and agencies under the guidance of the Board of Commissioners and for maintaining effective relationships with community partners and other government agencies. Communicating with groups, partners, press, Commissioners and employees are a major function of the County Manager. The County Manager also advises the Commissioners on financial matters and services and implements Commissioners’ policies and goals.
Commissioners and Wake County Human Resources worked with Tallahassee, Fla., search firm Bob Murray and Associates to recruit and hire the new Manager.
“Wake County is one of the best places in America to live and we have a tradition of exceptional, professional management leadership," said Board of Commissioner Joe Bryan. "The Board is dedicated to an open process that will lead us to the very best candidate that is the right fit both for leading our organization but also, most importantly, for serving the people of Wake County."




Monday, February 24, 2014
Three finalists from across the country were interviewed individually by Commissioners. Following the interviews the Board met in closed session to begin the final decision making process.
February 3 and 4, 2014
Commissioners and the search firm met as a group with 10 candidates.
December 20, 2013
The application process closed with 58 applications.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
County Commissioners and Human Resources staff individually met with the recruitment firm. The meetings helped aid the firm in developing recruitment materials and understanding key skills and qualifications that Wake County needs in a manager.
Monday, September 23, 2013
During a special session, County Commissioners met with three executive search firms to review proposals and assist in the County Manager recruitment. The firms were finalists who submitted materials for consideration as part of formal request for proposals process.
Monday, September 3, 2013
The Board of Commissioners approved community and organizational engagement strategies to solicit input into the County Manager recruitment and selection process. A three-question survey was made available to the public, community partners and employees from Thursday, September 5, 2013, through Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Monday, August 19, 2013
County Commissioners held a work session to discuss the recruitment and selection process for a new county manager. County Manager David Cooke and Human Resources Director Angela Crawford gave the Board a high-level overview of the recruitment process and necessary next steps. The Board made the decision to hire a search firm to conduct a national search for candidates and to engage the public/community in the process.
  • Work Session: Recruitment Process Discussion
Thursday, July 25, 2013
After more than 13 years as County Manager and more than 17 years with Wake County, County Manager David Cooke announced that he would retire at the end of November 2013.