Topsail Beach will soon be advertising for a new town manager.
Mike Rose, the town’s manager for the past six years, submitted a letter last month to Topsail Beach commissioners notifying them that he will retire June 30.
Rose’s retirement was announced to the public last week during the board’s February meeting.
“It has been my honor and pleasure managing what I believe is one of the premier coastal towns in North Carolina over these last six years,” Rose stated in his Jan. 20 letter. “I hope the that the Town has benefited from my time here even a fraction of what it has meant to me.”
Rose resigned as town administrator of Harrisburg, where he’d worked since summer 2012, to step into the role of Topsail’s town manager Jan. 4, 2016.
Before taking the position in Harrisburg, a northeast suburb of Charlotte, Rose worked for 13 years for the town of Pineville, first filling the position of town planner. He went on to become the town’s assistant administrator, then town administrator for six years.
In his letter, Rose thanked Topsail commissioners for their leadership and said the town is “in great hands with the existing staff.”
“My job was made so much easier because of the people that served with me every day over the last six years,” he wrote. “Trust in them, they will not let you down!”
Rose also thanked residents for their “kindness and support” over the years.
“I never felt like a stranger, and I appreciate the patience afforded me as I learned the beach life,” he said. “I guarantee you will still see me and my family enjoying the friendliness of Topsail Beach!”
Assistant Manager Christina Burke said Monday morning that an advertisement for the position would likely go out in the next couple of weeks.
“He is so, so well respected by all of the staff and the board,” Burke said. “He’s always a great communicator with the residents and we are sorry to see him go.”