Bill Summers was appointed as the Town Manager of Knightdale in February of 2017. According to North Carolina General Statute 160A-148, the Town Manager is appointed by the Town Council and serves as the the Chief Executive Officer of the Town.
Bill's experience as a Town Manager also includes the Towns of Lillington and Kenly. Prior to working in municipal administration, he served as a Senior Planner for the Town of Wake Forest, as Human Services Planner for Wake County, and as a Transportation Planner for the Capital Area Planning Organization (CAMPO).
Bill received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University. He is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina, School of Government’s Municipal Administration Program and the Public Executive Leadership Academy (PELA). Bill is a Credentialed Manager with the International City / County Management Association (ICMA).
Bill also serves as a guest lecturer for the Master of Public Administration Program at North Carolina State University.
ICMA defines a professional manager as a local government chief appointed officer who, at a minimum:
- Has direct responsibility for policy formulation on overall problems.
- Has major responsibility for the preparation and administration of a jurisdiction’s operating and capital improvements budgets.
- Exercises significant influence in the appointment of key administrative personnel.
- Has an ongoing, direct relationship with the operating department heads on the implementation and administration of the programs.
- Was hired as a result of her or his educational and administrative background and qualifications.
- Is a member of ICMA and, therefore, must adhere to the ICMA Code of Ethics, which was adopted by ICMA in 1924 and which governs each member’s professional and personal conduct.