After 12 years of serving the Chapel Hill community, town manager Roger Stancil celebrated his upcoming retirement in September at a town hall reception Wednesday.
Stancil, a Rocky Mount native and Wake Forest University alumnus, was appointed as town manager in September 2006. He previously worked as city manager of Fayetteville from 1997 to 2006.
At the reception, former mayors, council members and community leaders took turns making speeches and sharing anecdotes about their time with Stancil. Many praised his dependability and care for employees.
Stancil is credited with the downsizing of Chapel Hill Halloween to a more home-grown event as well as instituting a successful 2009-2010 budget during the economic down turn that maintained services without hurting town employees.
Mayor Pam Hemminger was involved in Stancil’s initial interview process for his position while she worked on the Parks and Recreation board. She described his aptitude for management and ability to work under pressure that he exhibited during the process.
“Roger’s not flappable," Hemminger said. "He’s thoughtful in his actions. He gets going, but he doesn’t flap."
She said that her coming into office with Stancil already having years of experience was very helpful as a new mayor.
“I think the reason the council really chose him is his passion for equity, wanting to make sure everyone is treated respectfully," Hemminger said. "He carries that passion in his heart."
Stancil expressed his gratitude for the kind words and his pride in having worked successfully with so many council members, three mayors and throughout many transitions in the past 12 years.