A Letter from County Manager Jim Hartmann​

Dedicated team members, 

I have some important news to share with you. After many months of thoughtful consideration, I’ve decided that Oct. 27, 2017, will be my last day with Wake County as County Manager. I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished together over the past 3.5 years, and I feel confident that this strong organization will continue providing innovative and excellent service to our residents in the years to come.

I spent last weekend in Omaha, Nebraska at my daughter’s wedding. After I walked her down the aisle and celebrated this monumental milestone with my family, it was clear that now is the right time for me to transition my career. I’ve contributed 42 years of my life to public service – nearly eight years in the U.S. Coast Guard and 34 years in local governments across the country. I’m now ready to return to my home in Central Florida and my very patient wife, and assist other communities with solving complex problems.

Over the next two months, I’m prepared to work closely with our Board of Commissioners as it considers selecting an interim county manager and a process for filling my position. I’m confident many qualified and experienced candidates will be interested in the position because of the county’s sterling reputation, which you helped create. I’ll also work with our senior leadership team to ensure continuity on high-profile projects and initiatives.

Change isn’t always easy, but I have no doubt this organization will transition smoothly. I appreciate your commitment and dedication to our community, and because of your service, Wake County will continue to be one of the best places to live in the country. 

James K. Hartmann