City Manager


Steve Raper

Steve Raper was sworn in Monday, April 3, 2017 as interim city manager for Rocky Mount. Raper, a resident of the area, worked as city manager of Rocky Mount from Jan. 1, 1995 to Dec. 31, 2010. Raper will assume the responsibilities of city manager until a permanent replacement is named. The search for Rocky Mount's next city manager should take approximately 90 days.


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