City Manager, Michael Peoples

Function and Duties:

The City of Gastonia operates under the Council-Manager form of government in which a professionally trained City Manager is appointed by the City Council to serve as the Chief Administrative Officer for city government and to manage the day-to-day operations of the overall municipal organization.  Based upon goals and objectives adopted and policies and directives expressed by the elected Mayor and City Council, the City Manager is responsible for providing the effective management, supervision and leadership to city staff necessary for the cost effective delivery of public services.  The City Manager must consistently monitor and evaluate the City's overall progress in meeting its stated goals and objectives and offer recommendations for improvement whenever necessary to achieve maximum results on behalf of City residents and taxpayers.  The hallmark of the Council-Manager form of government, as embodied in its appointed Manager, is the commitment to bring creativity, innovation and professionalism to the organization and management of local government function in order to best serve the needs of the community, to fully uphold the laws and regulations of the City and protect and preserve the rights and property of all citizens.


Michael Peoples, has over 17 years of experience in local government management and has served the City of Gastonia as Director of Enterprise Services and Assistant City Manager of Operations since January 2015. Michael previously served as Town Manager for the Town of Cramerton from 2005 to 2015 and as Town Administrator in Grifton, NC from 2000 to 2005. Michael graduated from Western Carolina University in 1998 with a B.S. in History and a B.S. in Political Science and then from Appalachian State University in 2000 with a Master Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Town, City, and County Management. Michael has also completed the UNC School of Government's Municipal Administration Course, Efectie Management Course, the Public Executive Leadership Academy, and the ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute.

Michael is from the Iredell/Alexander County area and is married to Jamie who serves as Principal at Mount Holly Middle School and they have two children, Bryson and Tucker. They are members of First Baptist Church Cramerton. Michael enjoys coaching youth athletics, playing golf, watching sports, listing to music of all genres, traveling throughout the United States, and spending time with family and friends.

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