City Manager


Charles W. Penny is a native of Fayetteville, N.C.  He is a graduate of E. E. SmithCharles-Penny Senior High School, and after high school, Penny attended North Carolina Central University. He majored in political science with a concentration in public administration and possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. Penny is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Masters of Public Administration degree in May 1984.

Penny has worked in local government in North Carolina for 30 years. He began his career in July 1981 as assistant to the city manager in Morganton, N.C., and in 1985, he assumed a similar position in Kinston, N.C. In February 1987, Penny was appointed assistant city manager of Asheville, N.C. where he served until March 1994. In March 1994, he and his family moved to Rocky Mount, N.C. where he became director of Planning and Development. In January 1995, Penny was promoted to the position of assistant city manager for Rocky Mount, N.C. On January 1, 2011, he became the city manager of Rocky Mount, N.C.

Penny is a former southeast region vice-president for the International City/County Management Association. He also serves on numerous boards in Rocky Mount and in the state of North Carolina. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Golden Leaf Foundation, a previous member of the board for the Rocky Mount Boys and Girls Clubs of Nash and Edgecombe Counties, and a past chairman of the board for the Boys and Girls Club. Additionally, Penny served eight years on the Board of Trustees for Elizabeth City State University, and of the last four years as chairman of the board. 


The city manager is the chief executive officer for the city of Rocky Mount. Operating under the council-manager form of government, the city manager provides oversight for all departments, ensures that departments carry out the city's mission, vision and values, and has the responsibility of carrying out policy decisions enforced by the mayor and members of the city council.

The city manager's office includes the areas of audit, budget evaluation, downtown development and public affairs. While the city manager is responsible for all city departments, his direct reports are audit, budget evaluation, energy resources, finance and public affairs.

The city manager is currently assisted by two assistant city managers. Their responsibilities include overseeing the city's various departments and ensuring that the department's projects and daily activities coincide with the city's organizational goals of excellent public service, excellent customer service and innovation. Each assistant city manager provides direction to their assigned areas as follows:

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Tasha Logan Ford

Downtown Development


Fire & Police

Planning and Development

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Thomas Moton

Human Relations

Human Resources

Parks and Recreation

Public Works and Water Resources