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It is the goal of the Town of Southern Pines to maintain its historically high level of service to the public with an increased emphasis on quality and satisfaction. The town is continually seeking ways to make government more accessible, streamlined, and consistent.
The Town of Southern Pines operates under the council-manager form of government. There are four council members and a mayor elected-at-large by the registered voters of the town.
The members serve four-year staggered terms, with elections being held every two years. The mayor presides at meetings of the council and is recognized as the official head of the town for ceremonial purposes.
The mayor also votes on all matters coming before the council. The mayor pro tem presides in the absence of the mayor. A member of the council serves as treasurer.
The town manager is appointed by the council for an indefinite term solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications.
The manager serves as the chief administrative officer of the town and is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances adopted by the council, for overseeing the day-to-day business of the town, and for appointing the assistant town managers and department heads.
The town attorney advises the council, manager, and department heads on legal matters and procedures. He prepares agreements, deeds, leases, and other miscellaneous legal documents.