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February 28
Commissioners Name New County Manager

County Commissioners have selected Jim Hartmann as the next Wake County Manager. Hartmann was selected through a competitive recruitment process and will begin work with the County on April 14, 2014.

As Manager, Hartmann will be responsible for the 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. The County Manager also advises the Commissioners on financial matters and services and implements Commissioners’ policies and goals.

"Jim Hartmann has both the practical experience and long-term perspective that we were looking for in a manager," said Wake County Board of Commissioners chair Phil Matthews. "Every member of the Board felt he was the best candidate, and we look forward to working with him and to continue Wake County’s traditions of excellence."

Hartmann has served most recently as manager of Seminole County, Fla. He previously served as manager of Alexandria, Va., and administrator of Spartanburg County, S.C. He has also held local government leadership roles in Colorado and Orange County, Fla. Hartmann holds a bachelor of arts in public administration and Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Central Florida.

Commissioners worked with Tallahassee, Fla.-based Bob Murray and Associates to conduct a confidential recruitment. Details about the County Manager recruitment process include:

  • 58 applications were submitted in November and December 2013;
  • 10 candidates were interviewed by the full board February 3 and 4, 2014; and
  • three finalists were interviewed individually on Monday, February 24, 2014.

The search for a new Manager began in late 2013 ahead of previous manager David Cooke's retirement. Deputy County Manager Joe Durham has served as Interim County Manager since Cooke retired on December 1, 2013. View a detailed timeline of the search for the new Manager.

Learn more about Jim Hartmann.

Learn more about the County Manager search process.

Download a print quality photo of Jim Hartmann.





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