The N.C. City & County Management Association (NCCCMA) and the School of Government in Chapel Hill recently looked to a familiar face to support the association and its members.
Rob Shepherd, who has served as Secretariat to NCCCMA since 2013, is now the NCCCMA Program Manager. Shepherd, who boasts a wealth of local government experience as a former Town Manager and longtime Member Relations Director with the N.C. League of Municipalities, will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the association.
Those duties include database administration; coordinating/distributing information on association activities, committee meetings, training and education; and assisting to plan and coordinate the Winter and Summer Seminars in coordination with the NCCCMA Program Committee. Shepherd will also help communicate between NCCCMA and ICMA and help to make sure each association meets the expectations and requirements outlined in the affiliate agreement between the two associations. He will also assist the NCCCMA to accomplish the strategies and goals in its strategic plan, along with support to the Executive Committee and the working committees of NCCCMA.
Shepherd comes into this role after more than 20 years serving and retiring from the North Carolina League of Municipalities. He’s a former manager of the Town of Walkerton and assistant manager and human resources manager of the Town of Kernersville. He’s a Life Member of NCCCMA.
Shepherd is excited about remaining involved with a group that he holds near and dear.
“It is such an honor to get to continue to work to support the tremendous city and county managers, assistants and administrators throughout this great state,” said Shepherd. “I know first-hand the hard work that goes into this profession. But I also realize the importance of a strong support system, great networking and educational programs, and strength in numbers. The NCCCMA and the School of Government offer all of that. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
The new partnership between the School of Government and NCCCMA was announced this past February.
“In our work with local governments, there is no more important group of public officials than city and county managers. They have broad responsibility for the operation of local government, and they provide continuity over time in a way that differs from local elected officials,” School of Government Dean Mike Smith wrote back in February. “NCCCMA and its members are committed to professionalism and upholding high ethical standards. In addition to being non-partisan, their other values align nicely with the School’s values.”