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Special edition - New City Manager appointed - Concord Weekly Update - February 23, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

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Lloyd Payne appointed City Manager of Concord

Lloyd Wm. Payne, Jr. has been appointed as Concord's eighth City Manager, after serving as Assistant City Manager since May of 2015. The City Council appointed Payne after an extensive search process, which began following City Manager Brian Hiatt's announcement in August of his intention to retire this year after 19 years of service.

"It is an honor to be selected by the Mayor and City Council to serve as the next City Manager of Concord," remarked Payne. "I appreciate the solid foundation that Mr. Hiatt has cultivated after years of dedicated service and look forward to working with the elected officials, staff, and the community as we collectively work to make Concord the very best it can be."

Since 1965, Concord has operated according to the council-manager form of government, where a professional City Manager serves as the CEO of the government organization at the pleasure of the City Council. The City Manager is responsible for implementing policies decisions made by the City Council, serves as the Council's chief advisor, appoints all City coworkers, coordinates the operations of all City departments, and is responsible for the preparation of a proposed operating budget and its presentation to the City Council each year. The council-manager form is the most popular type of local government in the United States in communities with a population of 5,000 or greater. North Carolina cities and counties helped pioneer the form and all North Carolina local governments of significant size operate under this form of government.

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 has served in the North Carolina Army National Guard for over 24 years. A decorated veteran in the field of transportation and logistics, he currently serves as the Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the 113th Sustainment Brigade, and has previously been assigned to the 630th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Lenoir and the 1454th Transportation Company based in Concord. As Command Sergeant Major, Payne fills an important role in assisting the commanding officer in providing leadership, training, discipline, and two-way communications within the brigade and all its battalions, specifically with its enlisted members. Payne has three years of active duty service, including combat deployments to Bosnia in the mid-1990s and Iraq/Kuwait twice between 2003 and 2010.

"We are excited that Lloyd will lead our City coworkers in their service to the community," said Mayor Bill Dusch. "His 17 years of local government management and his distinguished service in the NC National Guard make him a uniquely qualified City Manager."

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 Institute, and Leadership Cabarrus.

Payne's appointment is 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.

Be sure to visit ClearWater Artist Studios next week
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord will host a closing reception and two Artist Talks as part of the 2nd annual faculty show of selected artworks by nine Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department faculty members. The event will be Thursday, March 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show has been on view in the ClearWater Gallery since mid-January. The range of works include 6-foot tall watercolor close-ups of trees, photography, photo-collage, abstract and surrealist painting, and mixed media. The Artist Talks will come from Anna Kenar, whose intaglio prints examining and manipulating imagery from World War II photos are on exhibit; and Mikel Frank, whose colorful abstract paintings incorporate tissue and other materials and artifacts. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535. Open to the public most weekdays, with plenty of free parking.

Rider's new Concord Charlotte Express bus service starts in just a few weeks
Rider Transit has is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1—visit to find out more.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Second chance to discuss Concord's next greenway phase coming February 26
The second drop-in workshop on the next greenway construction project will be Monday, February 26. The Hector H. Henry, II Greenway's Riverwalk phase will be designed in the coming year with plans to begin construction in 2019. City staff members will be on hand at the Fire Station 9 Community Room, located at 1020 Ivey Cline Road, from 4:00 until 7:00 to meet with residents and answer questions about the next Henry Greenway phase. Additional information is available at

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
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Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
704-920-5210 office