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Organizing human and physical resources to provide the best quality of life for the Citizens of Rutherfordton is the daily focus of the administration for the Town of Rutherfordton. You are encouraged to stop in Town Hall at any time to speak with the Town Manager.

In Rutherfordton, the Mayor and Town Council serve part-time and are elected on a non-partisan basis. Under the council-manager form of government, the Town Council acts as the legislative body in establishing policy and law and the Town Manager handles the day-today management of the Town organization. The Mayor is elected a four-year term and serves as the presiding officer at Town council meetings and as the official head of the Town for ceremonial purposes. The four Town Council Members are elected at-large for staggered four-year terms. The Town Council appoints a professional Town Manager, who serves as the Council’s chief adviser, and the Town Manager appoints the employees of the Town.

The Town Manager is the CEO of the Town government and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Town. When the Town Council makes a decision on an ordinance, law, or policy, the Town Manager is responsible for implementing those policies. The Manager coordinates the operations of all Town departments and is responsible for the preparation of a proposed operating budget and its presentation to the Town Council. This annual budget as adopted by Council provides funding, staffing, and general guidance to the Town departments for the fiscal year.

The council-manager form has become the most popular type of local government in the United States. North Carolina cities and counties helped pioneer the form and all North Carolina local governments of significant size operate under this form of government. To learn more about Professional Town Managers take a quick look at the life well run campaign.

Town Hall is Located at 129 North Main Street and houses the Town Manager, Finance Officer, Town Clerk, Accounts Payable, Planning, and Police. Our Hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00pm. The Town Manager also communicates regularly through the Town's Twitter Account.

Town Manager
Doug Barrick