How you can help choose the next Forsyth County manager

Commissioners are hosting listening sessions on Dec. 4 to get citizen feedback.


The county manager has an office inside the Forsyth County Government Center on North Chestnut Street downtown.

Photo by WStoday

What qualities do you want to see in the next Forsyth County manager? You can voice your input during two listening sessions on Monday, Dec. 4. Commissioners will hold two forums to hear from citizens:

  • 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the auditorium at Forsyth County Central Library, 660 W. 5th St. in Winston-Salem
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Mazie S. Woodruff Center at Forsyth Technical Community College, 4905 Lansing Dr. in Winston-Salem

Current county manager Dudley Watts has announced his plans to retire at the end of June 2024 after 17 years in the role. Forsyth County government will look nationwide for his replacement once it begins advertising the position.

Commissioners plan to appoint a new manager in spring 2024. The person selected will supervise operations in more than 25 county departments, advise commissioners on county-related issues, and be responsible for preparing and submitting an annual budget.