The manager is responsible for implementing the policies, resolutions and ordinances adopted by the governing body of the city, which is the five-member board of commissioners. The board appoints and oversees the manager.
The manager is also responsible for preparing the annual budget and supervising all city staff and departments, including Communications, Finance, Fire & EMS, Parks & Recreation, Planning & Inspections, Police and Public Services.
If residents have any concerns to be addressed, they are asked to contact the responsible department or the Manager's Office. The manager may be able to address the matter promptly or schedule an appropriate time for the resident to present to the City Council.
CHRISTOPHER S. TURNER, City Manager
Mr. Turner currently serves as the City Manager for Morehead City, NC and has over 21 years of Local and State Government leadership experience. Prior to his service with Morehead City, he also served as the Interim Town Manager for Newport, NC, Assistant County Manager for Carteret County Government and as a State Human Resources Consultant at East Carolina University. His career benchmarks include time in service as a Crime Scene Investigator with the City of Greensboro, Police Officer with the City of Greenville, NC and Deputy Sheriff (Reserve) with both the Craven County Sheriff’s Office and Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.
Mr. Turner attended Western Carolina University and East Carolina University (ECU) respectively with a Bachelor Science in Criminal Justice to include significant course work in Public Policy as a Masters of Public Administration candidate from ECU. He holds numerous Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) certifications in the National Incident Management and ICS systems. A graduate of Leadership Carteret and current Chamber of Commerce Board Member, he continues to serve and advocate for area small business & entrepreneurs that call the Crystal Coast home.
Prior to his return to local government, Mr. Turner owned two private sector businesses, a local recreation and sports venue (Battle Works Tactical Laser Tag) and a private military contracting firm (Ragged Edge Solutions) operating out of Kinston, NC serving the Special Operations Communities and Federal Military Contractors.
Mr. Turner, was first introduced to Carteret County in 1997 through his marching band design and instructional work with the West Carteret High School Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Theatre ensembles, a connection to community he credits to the unmatched leadership of then Director of Bands, Craig Everett. Mr. Turner continues to design, teach and judge the sport of the arts in his free time having served as an instructor for the DCI World Finalist Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps based in Boston, M.A.
Chris, his wife Rebecca, and their two young children are proud permanent residents of Morehead City.