Southport, NC- Southport Mayor Joseph Hatem and the Board of Aldermen announced that Chris May will serve as Interim City Manager while the search process for a new City Manager is underway.

“Mr. May’s experience and knowledge of city government makes him a great choice to serve as Interim City Manager,” said Mayor Hatem.  “He has facilitated at previous Southport City retreats, knows our City well, and will keep us moving in a forward direction while we pursue a permanent replacement.”

Chris May brings with him, over 40 years of North Carolina local government experience.  He began his government career as Assistant Manager, Watauga Co., 78-79, became the Manager of Seven Devils, 79-85, and eventually, Manager of Blowing Rock, 85-95.  Most recently, he was the Executive Director Cape Fear Council of Government, 00-19.  He is a frequent guest lecturer at the University North Carolina Wilmington.

May did his undergraduate work at Appalachian State University and in 1981 he received his MA from the University.

He is inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

May has had a distinguished military career as a retired Commander US Coast Guard, has served 40 years in USCG Reserve, and is a past Certified Marine Environmental Protection and Law Enforcement Officer and MOTSU ELS Supervisor.

The Interim Manager is not an applicant for the City Manager position.  Applications for Southport City Manager will be taken until the position is filled.