City Manager



Lloyd Payne
City Manager

Lloyd Wm. Payne, Jr. is Concord's eighth City Manager, after serving as Assistant City Manager since May of 2015. Prior to arriving in Concord, Payne served ten years as the Town Manager of Elkin in Surry County, and four years as Town Manager of Lake Waccamaw in Columbus County.

In addition to his local government experience, Payne retired from service in the North Carolina Army National Guard after 25 years. A decorated veteran in the field of transportation and logistics, his final assignment was the Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the 113th Sustainment Brigade. Payne served three tours of active duty service, including combat deployments to Bosnia in the mid-1990s and Iraq/Kuwait twice between 2003 and 2010.

Payne has been recognized by the International City-County Management Association as a Credentialed Manager, and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Appalachian State University. He has completed the Rural Economic Development Institute through the NC Rural Center, the UNC School of Government's  Municipal Administration Course and Public Executive Leadership Academy, the ICMA Gettysburg Leadership InstituteICMA Williamsburg Leadership Institute, and Leadership Cabarrus.

Payne's appointment was effective April 1, 2018. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Beth, and their children Ella and Liam, as well as playing golf.

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City of Concord Strategic Plan 2020-2023

The City of Concord's Strategic Plan was adopted by City Council on April 11, 2019. The plan was drafted by the City Manager, presented to the Mayor and City Council at the Annual City Council Planning Session on January 31, 2019, and revised based on City Council feedback. The plan outlines the City of Concord City Council's goals and objectives for FY 2020-2023 and will guide budget development. Click here to review the plan.

Manager's Notes

by Lloyd Payne, City Manager

Hello Concord. I hope you and your families have had an incredible summer and are ready for the Fall.

As you are likely aware, the City Council recently adopted the annual budget following our budget workshop and many discussions.  In accordance with our Strategic Plan, City operations and projects have been approved with the goal of continuing to enhance our quality of life for all residents.

The City’s total adopted budget is $257,752,019.  The tax rate remains unchanged at 48 cents per $100 valuation which is the same rate since 2013.  The City’s total property values are up to $11,687,479,000, an increase of 3 percent compared to last year.  As you are aware, development across the City continues to be strong so we envision our property values to continue to rise.

The budget includes various projects identified in our Water, Waste Water, and Stormwater master plans.  In addition and with the recent adoption of the Connectivity Plan, we will be pursuing opportunities across the City to develop a more comprehensive greenway network.  We have identified possible locations for greenways/trails but must first focus on securing property before we can begin construction.  It is the goal of Council to connect our City in a more pedestrian-friendly manner – east and west as well as north and south.  With a City of over 63 square miles, this project will take us several years to complete.  In addition, we continue to look for opportunities to develop a much-needed park in the northwest part of the City.

If you would like to know more about the City’s budget, visit to get additional information.  Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or would like more information about the City’s budget.

Team Concord continues to work hard each day to delivery excellent customer service to you.  I trust we are meeting your expectations.  If not, please reach out to us and let us know.  Our goal is to be partners with you and communicate effectively.