The City of Laurinburg operates under the Council-Manager form of government in which a professionally trained city manager is appointed and serves at the Council’s pleasure. The City Manager serves as the chief administrative officer for City government and manages the City’s day-to-day operations of the City of Laurinburg based upon the goals and objectives adopted and policies and directives expressed by the elected Mayor and City Council. The City Manager is responsible for effective management, supervision and leadership of the department heads for the provision of efficient and cost-effective services. It is also expected that the City Manager develop creative and innovative solutions to complete projects and programs approved by the Mayor and City Council. Finally, the City Manager takes an oath to protect citizens’ safety, health and welfare by enforcing Federal, State and Local laws and regulations.
On Monday, July 1, 2013, Charles D. Nichols III was sworn in as the City Manager of Laurinburg. Mr. Nichols holds a B.S. in Accounting from NC State University and an MBA from UNC-Pembroke.