Wilmington City Council names Tony Caudle city manager

Tony Caudle was named Wilmington city manager during Tuesday morning’s agenda briefing. (Port City Daily/Courtesy City of Wilmington)

WILMINGTON — After working for the City of Wilmington for more than a decade —  and acting as interim city manager for two months — council voted unanimously Tuesday morning during its agenda briefing to name Tony Caudle city manager. Caudle’s position went into effect immediately.

A native of Wilmington, Caudle has worked as the city’s deputy manager since 2008. He joined the team after serving as town manager for Black Mountain.

Caudle graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a masters in public administration and got his start in Asheville’s city planning. Since, he has served multiple towns and cities for more than three decades, including his work as town manager for the coastal communities of Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Beach for 12 years.


He also managed the city of Woodruff in South Carolina, and was a finalist at the end of 2020 to become city manager for Myrtle Beach.

In February 2021, former city manager Sterling Cheatham announced his retirement and officially left his Wilmington post on June 1, 2021; Caudle took over as interim city manager. Mayor Bill Saffo praised the former deputy manager for his service during this time.

“He has adeptly managed a transition in administrative leadership and strikes an important balance between continuity and fresh vision,” Saffo said in a release. “I have every confidence in his ability to maintain the successes and progress we have come to expect of our city.”

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the City of Wilmington in this leadership role,” Caudle said in a release. “Building an efficient and effective city organization requires a great deal of time, dedication, and a shared commitment to public service. I will work hard every day to honor City Council’s trust in me, support and develop our city’s workforce, and provide a high level of service to the people of Wilmington.”


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