Town of Benson

The Town of Benson, NC is accepting applications for their next Town Manager.  This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership and management to a growing, agriculturally based community with an excellent quality of life.  The Town of Benson has a population of 4100+ which is a 25% increase since the 2010 census.  It is a community that values its small-town environment and family orientation.  Located in Johnston County, this growing town is 22 miles south-southeast of Raleigh, situated at the intersection of I-95 and I-40, within a two-hour drive of the Atlantic Coast and three hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Benson’s family-centered way of life makes it a special place to live, work and raise a family.  The Town of Benson is governed under a Council-Manager form of government with the governing authority consisting of a mayor, three district commissioners and three at large commissioners.  The Town Manager is hired by the Mayor and Commission to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of all service departments and for recommending policies and programs to the Commission for consideration and approval.  The Town employs 64 full-time and 48 part-time employees, as well as 37 volunteer Firefighters, who provide a full range of services including electricity, water, sewer, police, fire, parks and recreation, cultural arts, planning/zoning, code enforcement, and public works.  The approved Fiscal Year 2022 general fund budget is $5.6 million, water and sewer fund $3.9 million and electric utility fund $5.4 million.


The ideal candidate for the Benson Town Manager position will be a personable, openminded, progressive team player that embraces change while implementing local government best practices that have proven to be effective in communities similar to Benson.  He/She must demonstrate the ability to work with the Mayor and Commission to articulate and implement a community supported vision that protects the rural values of the Town while promoting quality grow.  The successful candidate must project confidence, demonstrate an appropriate energy level for the job, and engage citizens in a manner that builds trust and credibility for the Town government.   The ideal candidate will be an active listener with strong communication skills that engage the business community, citizens of all backgrounds, staff, and outside stakeholders in a positive manner to build trust and transparency for the Town of Benson.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Four years of progressively responsible management experience is required; prior experience as a city manager, assistant city manager or substantial department head experience is preferred. Local government experience in a similar-sized community would be a plus, as would experience managing economic development activities.
  • ICMA Credentialed Manager certification is an indication of continued professional development and will be noted during the vetting process.


Compensation & Benefits:

The expected starting salary range for the Town Manager, depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual, will be $100,000 – $120,000.  In addition, the town provides an excellent benefit package including:   Health, dental and vision insurance, Life insurance, long-term disability, and accidental death and dismemberment; Local Government Retirement System (part of State of NC retirement plan-one of the best funded pension plans in the nation) employee contribution 6%; employer contribution 12.% and 401K with automatic City 5% contribution; Paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and personal time; Car allowance and relocation assistance negotiable

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related references (with email and phone numbers), as well as salary history no later than close of business on August 31, 2022 to   Any questions please call Lisa Ward, Senior Associate, Mercer Group Associates at 706-983-9326.   Interviews are expected to be conducted in early October 2022.

The Town of Benson is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority and Female Candidates are Encouraged to Apply.


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