Wilson Hooper

Title: Town Manager
Phone: 336-667-7129, ext. 3012
Wilson Hooper

In July 2019, the North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioners named Wilson Hooper as Town Manager. Wilson came to North Wilkesboro from the City of Charlotte, where he served in various capacities for over twelve years. For nine of those years, he served as Assistant to the City Manager/Business Manager in the Charlotte City Manager’s Office, overseeing the administrative affairs of that office and performing special projects on behalf of the city’s chief executive.

In North Wilkesboro, Wilson oversees the day-to-day operations of the town government. He coordinates the departments, ensuring that their work aligns with the priorities of the elected Board of Commissioners. He is responsible for preparing the annual town budget, and creating and enforcing administrative policies for the town. He supports the work of the elected Commissioners by creating their bi-monthly agendas, and acting as their primary policy advisor.

From 2006 to 2007 Wilson served as an ICMA Local Government Management Fellow. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Charlotte. He completed ICMA’s Emerging Leaders Development Program in 2014. He is a 2020 graduate of the UNC School of Government’s Municipal and County Administration (MCA) program, and a 2021 graduate of its Public Executive Leadership Academy (PELA).  

Wilson has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

He grew up in Lexington, North Carolina. His wife, Kate, is a graduate of Wilkes Central High School. They have two children: Caroline, 8, and William, 4.


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