Pursuant to the authority of G.S. section 160A-147 requiring the council to appoint a city manager, and pursuant to section 8 of Chapter 291 of the Private Laws of 1909, an act amending and consolidating the Charter of the town, the council shall appoint an officer whose title shall be city manager and who shall be the head of the administrative branch of the city government, except as otherwise provided by the Charter. The city manager shall be chosen by the council solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications with special reference to his actual experience or his knowledge of accepted practice in respect to the duties of his office as outlined in this division. At the time of his appointment he need not be a resident of the city or state, but during his tenure of office he shall reside within the city. No person elected to membership on the council shall, subsequent to such election, be eligible for appointment as city manager until one (1) year has elapsed following the expiration of the term for which he was elected.
(Code 1982, § 2-2001)