The City's Administration Department is responsible for the overall administration and operation of City departments and City services and carries out the actions and polices of the Morganton City Council.
The Administration Department is comprised of the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, City Clerk and the Public Information Officer.
In 1998, the City Council named its first female City Manager, Sally Sandy. Sandy serves at the pleasure of the City Council and has responsibility for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations and directing the City's department heads.
The City Council-City Manager form of local government combines the political leadership of elected officials with the professional experience of an appointed local government administrator.
Under the Council-City Manager form, power is concentrated in the elected council, which hires a professional administrator – the City Manager - to implement the Council's policies.
June 1, 2012
Budget season for the last several years is like watching Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day. It is the same story over and over again. Stagnate revenues and increasing costs. The short term answers for this have been frozen positions, delayed equipment replacement and very little infrastructure improvements citywide. We have recognized and discussed in the past how these solutions are only temporary and not sustainable if we want Morganton to be the kind of community we all appreciate and quite honestly expect. More importantly, if we want to remain vibrant and competitive we must position ourselves to be attractive and ready when economic pressures loosen.
During this past year, we have been fortunate to announce expansions of several existing industries with additional jobs becoming available. Actually during the last year 585 new industrial jobs and $53,000,000 of capital investment have been announced in Morganton. All of these announcements have been supported by economic incentives from Morganton and Burke County. This investment in our industrial sector should help boost our local economy in the future. However, there is a lag time between announcement and actual increase in revenues related to the investment.
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