Rhodes appointed interim city manager for Albemarle

Published 2:48 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Albemarle City Council appointed Assistant City Manager Darren Rhodes as interim city manager effective when City Manager Michael Ferris retires at the end of this month. City Council will continue the search process for a permanent city manager.

Darren Rhodes

“The selection of Darren Rhodes as interim city manager allows us to have a stable environment while the city moves forward with essential services and critical projects. Mr. Rhodes has proven to be a leader who is willing to work with everyone. We’re fortunate to have Mr. Rhodes’ skill, experience and familiarity with our operations,” Albemarle Mayor Ronnie Michael said.

Rhodes was appointed assistant city manager for the City of Albemarle in October 2022. He brings 28 years of experience at both the local and state levels of government. Prior to coming to the City of Albemarle, Rhodes was the manager of the North Carolina Rural Planning Program, which focuses on economic development, planning services and assistance for cities and towns across North Carolina.

“Serving the City of Albemarle has been an honor. I look forward to continuing to work with our elected leaders and city staff to support the positive work we’re doing to serve our community,” Rhodes said.

As interim city manager, Rhodes will oversee day-to-day operations of the city, which include an electric system, water and wastewater system, landfill facility, public housing department, parks and recreation department, police department, fire department and other traditional city departments and services.