Mrs. Rochelle D. Small-Toney was sworn in Monday, July 3rd by Mayor Pro Tem W.B. Bullock as Rocky Mount’s First Female City Manager. Small-Toney is a native of Wilmington, N.C. and is a 1978 and 1981 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Public Administration from the institution. She is no stranger to “firsts” as while she attended UNC-Chapel Hill she was the first African American woman to ever play women’s basketball at the institution. Mrs. Small-Toney has 34 years of experience in government, most recently serving as the city manager for the city of Fayetteville. Prior to joining the city of Fayetteville she served as City Manager for Savannah, GA where there she was recognized for being the first African American and First female city manager. Her other professional experience includes serving as assistant city manager in Danville, VA and Charlottesville,VA; assistant to city manager for budget and administration in Danville, VA and budget analyst and personal analyst for the city of Wilmington.
Our city’s new City manager is excited about her new appointment to office. She stated, “Rocky Mount is a magical place at this time in its history and the vibes are growing even stronger as new development unfolds”.
In recent interview with Rocky Mount’s local newspaper she elaborated on her previous statement by saying, “I am excited about my new city and it’s potential. The Rocky Mount City Council and my predecessors have made tremendous progress, and I am ready to work with the City Council on developing and examining strategies that will be appropriate for the growth of Rocky Mount as a result of the economic explosion we anticipate taking place.”