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The City Manager's office is responsible for guiding and implementing City Council policy and providing overall management of municipal operations. This office includes the City Clerk position, which is responsible for keeping and maintaining all official records.

Joseph Scherer recently announced his retirement effective August 1, 2021.  An excerpt of Scherer's final comments in his last Council meeting:

“The times shared, friendships forged and the successes which we have enjoyed have been a special part of mine and Sue’s life. She and I are looking forward to having the time and freedom to pursue our hobbies and interests, including travel, reading, and hanging out with family and friends. I believe the city will continue to grow and prosper. There are some promising developments on the horizon that will make Roanoke Rapids a better place to work and live.”

In the July 20, 2021 City Council meeting, City Council unanimously appointed Planning & Development Director, Kelly Traynham as Interim City Manager.

UPDATE: City Council appointed Ms. Traynham as the City Manager on October 19, 2021 pending approval of a contract.  A contract was approved during a Special Meeting on November 3, 2021 City Council meeting where Ms. Traynham was sworn in as the City Manager for the City of Roanoke Rapids.


Kelly Traynham, City Manager
P. O. Box 38
1040 Roanoke Avenue, Second Floor
Roanoke Rapids, NC  27870
Phone: (252)533-2840
Fax: (252)533-2809
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Leaf Collection Notification

  • Leaf Collection

    The Property Maintenance Department collects loose leaves November - February. Crews work a daily assigned route and cannot take special requests or special arrangements. Loose leaf piles should be placed behind the curb or edge of pavement without blocking the sidewalk or street. Do not rake or...

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