Goings to lead city, county managers’ group

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Wilson City Manager Grant Goings will lead the state organization for his peers this coming year after being elected president of the North Carolina City and County Management Association.

The association says it works to develop and support competent, ethical and professional leaders for local governments across the state. Goings has been in the organization since he became a city manager 25 years ago, including his career in Wilson since taking the position in 2005.

“It is a high honor to be selected by my peers from across the state to lead our organization, and I am grateful for the opportunity,” Goings said.

Goings is the fifth city manager for Wilson who has led the state organization since its inception in the 1930s.

Previous managers include F.T. Green, Jack Manard, Bruce Boyette and Ed Wyatt.

“The North Carolina City and County Management Association has meant so much to me throughout my career,” Goings said.

“We are one of the largest organizations of this type in the country, and North Carolina is known nationally for good local government.”

The 49-year-old Winston-Salem native graduated from Appalachian State University and has served in a variety of local and state leadership roles.

Goings also has spent three years on the state management association’s executive committee.