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Terra Greene Appointed As City Manager January 1, 2019
Posted Date: 11/13/2018 9:00 PM

Following a comprehensive interview process during a Special Called City Council meeting on November 13, 2018, and ensuing discussion during Closed Session at the regularly scheduled meeting that day, Lexington City Council has announced the appointment of Terra Greene as Lexington’s next City Manager effective January 1, 2019. Ms. Greene will assume the position to be vacated by City Manager J. Alan Carson, who announced last month his retirement effective December 31, 2018.  Ms. Greene will be the first female and tenth City Manager appointed by City Council in the City’s 84-year history of the position (ref. 1935). 

Since August of 2013, Ms. Greene has served as the Assistant City Manager offering assistance in the leadership of $100 million multidimensional government services and locally owned utility and golf business enterprises; overseeing capital projects, service provisions, internal operations, communications and emergency management, and technological, financial and personnel management; as well as accomplishing special projects assigned by the City Manager, in relation to City Council's goals and conducting City business in the City Manager’s absence.

Earlier in her career with the City of Lexington, Ms. Greene served as Director of Financial and Information Services, a dual role associated with additional managerial responsibilities for Information Technologies beginning 2011 as well as Director of Finance, the role in which she was initially hired for in 1997. 

Ms. Greene received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University in South Carolina where she majored in Business Administration, supplemented by post graduate work in the Master of Public Administration program at Appalachian State University.  Ms. Greene is a 2017 UNC Chapel Hill School of Government Public Executive Leadership Academy graduate; and in 2009, she completed the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government Municipal Administration program. Professionally, Ms. Greene has served in various capacities on statewide boards and committees including the NC Local Government Investment Association, the NC Local Government Finance Officers Association, and the NC Capital Management Trust. Ms. Greene continues to maintain her governmental Finance Officers certification. 

Community civic involvement includes service on the Board of Directors for the Wake Forest Baptist Health - Lexington Medical Center (2012-2018) including two years of service as LMC Board Chair, Communities in Schools of Lexington/Davidson County Executive Board of Directors and Treasurer (2005-2007), Rotary Club of Lexington member since 2014, and is a prospective member of the Life Center of Davidson County Board of Directors beginning 2019. Ms. Greene continues a mentoring relationship with a young adult, originating from the Communities in Schools program in 2004.

Ms. Greene has held increasing levels of responsibility in City of Lexington government for 21 years. Her career contributions have resulted in a multitude of accomplishments, more significantly the following: 

  • Enhanced leadership recruitment and development through establishing core values, servant leadership and inclusiveness training, and individualized professional and team coaching

  • Sought and managed professional public relations firm that brought about multiple recognitions and publicity nationwide to city government and the broader community

  • Partnered with Bob Timberlake Gallery and coordinated filming of Salvage Dawgs television episode, showcasing LFI Plant #1 and Depot District redevelopment

  • Coordinated with NC Folklife Institute to historically document the barbecue pit discovery, during the management of renovations and rebranding efforts of City Hall

  • Served as liaison on ElectriCities of NC, Inc. Rate Committee that negotiated significant long-term rate relief and parity for Lexington Utilities electric customers

  • Technological advancements including redesign of the City’s website, installation of outdoor public WiFi in the Uptown business district, and enhanced social media communications

  • National award recognition for 15 consecutive years for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, ranking Lexington among only 4% of local governments nationwide

  • Fiscally conservative financial management of City government through profound economic times noted as the worst since the Great Depression.

Mayor Clark will administer the City Manager’s oath of office to Ms. Terra Greene at the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting on November 26, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Vernon G. Price, Jr. Council Chambers, City Hall, Lexington, NC.  Ms. Greene will begin her role as City Manager effective January 1, 2019.