Charles W. Penny Appointed City Manager of Rocky Mount

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Charles Penny, appointed
City Manager of Rocky Mount.

By Sarah Williams

On December 17, 2010, Mayor David W. Combs and the Rocky Mount City Council announced the appointment of Charles Penny as City Manager of Rocky Mount. He began his new position January 1, 2011.

According to Mayor Combs, “The assessment process proved Charles is well equipped not only technically, but in other ways needed in relating to an elected body, the city’s department heads and employees, and to our community.”

“I am both humbled and honored to be asked to serve as the next city
manager of Rocky Mount,” said Penny. “This is an exciting yet critical
time for our community, and I look forward to serving the City Council
and the citizens of Rocky Mount in this new role.”

Penny’s entire twenty-nine year career has been in the field of
city government in North Carolina. He has served as Director of Planning
and Development for the Rocky Mount, and he has served in the capacity
of Assistant City Manager with Asheville, Kinston, and Morganton.

Penny became Assistant City Manager of Asheville in February
1987. While living in Asheville, he and his wife Edith attended Hill
Street Baptist Church and served as chairman of the Trustee Ministry
when the education wing was added onto the church. He was also a board
member of the Asheville Art Museum and the Metropolitan Sewage District,
and is an alumnus of Leadership Asheville. He also served as Basileus
of the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

The Fayetteville native is a graduate of E. E. Smith Senior High
School; he earned his BA in political science at North Carolina Central
University and a Masters in public administration from UNC-Chapel hill.

He has served on numerous civic and nonprofit boards in Rocky
Mount and throughout the state including the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of
Commerce; Elizabeth City State University Board of Trustees, and as
member and chairman of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Nash and
Edgecombe Counties. Currently, Penny is serving as the Southeast Region
Vice-President for the International City County Management Association.

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