The City of Marion has operated under the Council-Manager form of government since 1949. The elected City Council hires a City Manager to manage the day-to-day operations of the City government.
The Mayor and all five members of the City Council are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis by the citizens of Marion for four year staggered terms.
The City Council meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday of each month, except in July, when the City Council only meets on the third Tuesday of the month, and in December, when the City Council only meets on the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held at City Hall, located at 194 North Main Street. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. The public is always welcome to attend Council meetings and to speak on any issue they wish. Public comments are typically taken near the beginning of the meeting agenda. The public is encouraged to contact the City Manager at (828) 652-3551 to arrange to appear on the City Council agenda, but is not required to do so. Special meetings of City Council are held periodically and announced in accordance with State law. Meeting schedules are also advertised on the City’s website.
Steve Little has served as Mayor of Marion since 2009, and served on City Council from 1985 to 2009.
Billy Martin is the Mayor Pro Tem and has served on City Council since 1995.
Woody Ayers has served on City Council since 2017.
Ann Harkey has served on City Council since 2017.
Juanita Doggett has served on City Council since 2009.
Don Ramsey has served on City Council since 2011.
The City Manager's Office at City Hall houses the City Manager, City Clerk and support staff.
The City Manager is appointed by the Marion City Council to manage the day-to-day operations of municipal services and government. The manager serves as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for implementing and enforcing policies and ordinances of the City Council, developing the city budget, and hiring department heads and supervising all City departments.
The City Manager also serves as City Clerk and keeps minutes of City Council meetings, maintains official records and documents, gives public notice of meetings, an performs other duties required by law or at the direction of Marion City Council. The City Manager’s office provides timely and accurate information about City services, programs and issues to Marion's residents and utility customers. Toward that end, the department works with news organizations, maintains the City’s Government Access Channel and assists in maintaining the City’s website.
Bob Boyette has worked in municipal government in North Carolina since 1993 and as a City Manager since 1997. He has served as Marion's City Manager since January 1, 2001. Boyette has a B.A. Degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Street Address: 194 North Main Street
US Mail Address: P.O. Drawer 700, Marion, NC 28752-0700
Telephone: (828) 652-3551
Fax: (828) 652-1983
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
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