The Southport City Manager is the administrative head of City government providing direction and general management for the administration and operation of each department with the City of Southport and to perform duties as delegated by the Board of Aldermen.

Southport is a Council/City Manager form of government. Appointed by the Board of Aldermen the City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City and is responsible for directing all administrative operations of the City. The City Manager oversees a General Fund budget of $ 15 million and a workforce of 50 + employees. The City Manager also functions as the Director of Personnel and Budget Officer. Other City of Southport departments include Planning/ Building Inspections, Animal Protective Services/Code Enforcement, Finance, Police, Fire/ Rescue, Public Services i.e. water/ wastewater, electric, Tourism and Parks and Recreation.

As a minimum, candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as public administration or political science. A Master’s Degree in public or business administration is preferred.

Substitution of Education for Experience: An extensive track record of success in local government may be substituted for formal education.
Candidates must have a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory level municipal leadership experience or equivalent.

Success in grant writing experience is essential.

Residency in the City limits is required. Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience.

The City Manager receives direction and assignments from the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

Salary commensurate with experience and negotiable.

Submit a completed City application (online at to City of Southport, Attention: City Clerk, 1029 N. Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461. Or, email your completed application to [email protected]

The City of Southport is an equal opportunity employer.