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Charles Penny '80
"It is important to get along with people. Show compassion to your fellow man, to your colleagues, and practice good manners."
Charles W. Penny '80 worked in local government in North Carolina for 35 years. Starting in 1981 he served as assistant to the city manager in Morganton and Kinston and was then appointed assistant city manager of Asheville. In 1984, he joined the City of Rocky Mount, where he served as director of planning and development, assistant city manager, and city manager, successively, until his retirement in 2017. He is a former Southeast Region vice president for the International City County Management Association, a former member of the board of directors for Golden Leaf Foundation, and former member and past chairman of the board of the Rocky Mount Boys and Girls Club of Nash and Edgecombe Counties. He also served eight years as a member and four as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Elizabeth City State University. Penny earned a BA degree in political science with a concentration in public administration from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.
City Manager, City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Assistant City Manager, City of Rock Mount, North Carolina
Director of Planning and Development, City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Assistant City Manager, City of Asheville, North Carolina
Assistant to the City Manager, City of Morganton, North Carolina
Assistant to the City Manager, City of Kinston, North Carolina
Photo: Charles Penny delivered the 2017 MPA Commencement Address on May 13.