The Town of Carrboro announces its selection for Town Manager – Patrice Toney

Photo of Patrice Toney courtesy of Town of Carrboro.


Compiled by Michelle Cassell
Managing Editor 

Following a national search for a town manager, the Town Council has selected Patrice Toney, an assistant city manager for the City of Winston-Salem. 

“The Carrboro Town Council is pleased to announce the hiring of Patrice Toney as the next Town Manager,” said Mayor Barbara Foushee. “Ms. Toney brings over 25 years of local government experience as an assistant city manager and interim city manager.  She has also served as the director of the budget and evaluation office and has overseen multiple departments, including community development, human relations/DEI, and the fire and police departments.

“We look forward to her leadership and welcome her to the community,” Foushee said.

Toney has worked since 2016 for the City of Winston-Salem, where she serves as assistant city manager providing oversight to police, fire, human relations/diversity equity and inclusion, emergency management, neighborhood services, and housing development. She has also served Winston-Salem as an interim city manager and budget and evaluation director, where she managed a $500 million annual operating budget and a six-year capital improvement plan.

“Accepting the role as Town Manager of Carrboro is truly an honor, and I look forward to providing leadership in carrying out the progressive policies and program directives of the Mayor and town council while being responsive to the needs of the residents of Carrboro,” Toney said. 

Previously, Toney was a senior budget and management analyst and senior analyst for Forsyth County Government. She also has held positions as a public health outreach supervisor and police department communications operator, as well as for Forsyth County Government.

Toney holds numerous honors, including the ICMA Workplace Diversity Conference Scholarship Winner, where she received a fully paid conference scholarship for her submission on diversity in the workplace;

Outstanding Women Leaders Award, where the Winston-Salem Mayor and City Council recognized her for outstanding leadership and service to the community; and the Chronicle’s Community Service Award, where the newspaper recognized her for years of community and volunteer service in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.                                 

Toney has a master’s degree in public affairs/administration (MPA) from UNC-Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in English and criminal justice (double major) from UNC-Charlotte. Her professional development includes certifications in public executive leadership from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government.

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Manager’s Office – The Town of Carrboro has a Council-Manager form of government. The seven council members, including the mayor, are elected. The Council appoints the town manager. Each has a different set of responsibilities. The Council sets policies: the Town Manager and her staff carry them out. As a professional administrator, the Town Manager coordinates all day-to-day operations and administration of about 200 employees and an annual total budget of $81 million.

Background – The previous town manager was Richard J. White III who left the Town of Carrboro in November 2023 to assume a position with the City of Salisbury, N.C. During the recruitment period to fill the position, Assistant Town Manager Marie Parker has served as interim town manager.

To manage the selection and recruitment process for the town manager, the council hired the recruitment firm Baker Tilly in September 2023, which led to an intensive process over four months. Following a national search, candidates conducted virtual interviews, completed a scenario-based writing questionnaire, and met for in-person interviews and sessions with the Town Council, management team, and employee staff groups. The process of an early spring selection has remained on schedule.

The council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, to authorize Patrice Toney’s employment contract. Under the contract, the town manager’s salary is set at $195,000, with a starting date of May 6, 2024.  

Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As managing editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of Southern Orange County news. 
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