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Carolina Beach Council Votes On Town Manager Employment Contract

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council voted to approve of an employment contract with Michael Cramer to fill the position of Town Manager at a special meeting held Tuesday October 1st.
The Council first announced their decision in September to hire Michael Bryan Cramer of Menominee, Michigan as the new Town Manager following a closed session at their September 17th, meeting.
Cramer currently holds the position of City Manager for the City of Menominee, Michigan.
The position has been vacant since former Carolina Beach Town Manager Tim Owens resigned in November of 2012.
The contract says Cramer will officially begin work October 21, 2013. The term of the contract is in effect for one year and automatically renews until either party desires to terminate the contract.
It contains standard terms including a minimum 40-hour workweek, vacation and leave time, and a severance package equal to six months salary should the Town terminate the contract. If the manager terminates the contract, there is no severance package.
Cramer's starting salary will be $88,560 a year. Additionally, it includes health insurance coverage, dental insurance and short-term disability. He will receive a vehicle allowance of $3,600 a year.
The Town will pay up to $8,000 for Cramer's moving expenses to relocate from Michigan.
Cramer submitted his resume and cover letter in February of this year.
He explained, "I am a highly motivated City Manager in Menominee, Michigan, who is searching for a progressive, customer service oriented and results driven community to positively contribute too. I would welcome an opportunity to talk to you about the Town Manager position and the possibility of advancing my career in local government administration."
He explained, "My previous and current experience in local government administration has been extensive and includes budget and financial management, public works administration and operations, intergovernmental relations and economic and community development.  I was encouraged to read that Carolina Beach is looking for a strong, open and dynamic leader. These are just a few of the leadership abilities that I would bring to your community."
Cramer explained, "I am a very self-confident and visionary leader who can see the big picture without losing the details of implementation. I am outgoing, personable, relate well to others and pride myself on being a participatory problem solver, who enjoys working with others to find the best way to resolve issues.  I am an enthusiastic, “out front” individual who is respectful of people, approachable and accessible.  I have effective collaborative management skills with no hidden agendas; who is comfortable in delegating responsibility and authority to professional staff as a team player, not a micro-manager.  I treat all employees alike and hold staff accountable for actions and policy direction.  I promote a strong, service-oriented, “customer relations’ approach by all municipal employees in dealing with residents, visitors, the business community and all individuals who access governmental services and programs."
Cramer earned a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science Major, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He has sixteen years experience in local government management. Prior to serving as manager for the City of Menominee he was Business and Operations Division Manager for the City of Greensboro Department of Transportation.
He also held the positions of  Stormwater Management Financial Manager and Interim Storm Water Services Financial Analyst for the City of Greensboro.
Some of the many accomplishments listed in his resume include:
• Encouraged continued business growth through the implementation of several Tax Abatement Resolutions that contributed to the increase of 20,000 sqft of new manufacturing and industrial capacity, 53 new jobs and $7,421,076 of new investment to the City of Menominee.
• Successfully represented the City of Menominee in attracting a private developer to redevelop a past manufacturing plant into a mixed use residential facility in the Historic Downtown using Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Project will increase residential development downtown by 54 units and 3 commercial locations.
• Successfully developed and managed City of Greensboro Department of Transportation Annual Budget of $32 million to $48 million.
• Development of Annual Capital Improvement Program and Operating Budget for General Fund, Special Revenue Funds, Enterprise Funds and Other Funds.  Total Budget $14 million for Fiscal 2012-2013.