Marie Parker, the executive director of Wave Transit, has been selected as Carrboro’s new assistant town manager.
Parker is set to start on June 5. She will work alongside Town Manager Richard J. White III and Chief Race and Equity Officer Anita Jones-McNair in the Carrboro Town Manager’s Office.
Parker, a graduate of N.C. State University, has over 23 years of experience in the public sector. Most of her experience is in public transportation, as she was a general manager at GoRaleigh prior to moving to her current position as executive director at Wave Transit, the Cape Fear region's public transport authority.
She is a member of the International City/County Management Association and received training in local government management from the UNC School of Government.
Her experience in these positions includes finance, operations, project management, budgeting, public engagement and planning. She also works regularly with local municipal and county government leadership.
She said these skills will be transferable to her role as assistant town manager, where she will be expected to manage capital projects, budget development and staff support for Carrboro.
“It's such a progressive, forward-thinking town and has such a great vibe," Parker said. "Glad to be a part of it, and hoping that I can be a great facilitator of the progress that's happening. I just want to be the most effective, dynamic, impactful leader as possible and just become an integral part of the team that’s already there."
White said the national search for candidates resulted in over 100 applications. He said the pool was narrowed by a sequence of three panels — one with the town manager, one with Town department directors and one with regional deputy and assistant town managers.
Parker said the process was rigorous, but that she was able to meet leaders from both Carrboro and other communities.