The Town Manager serves as the chief administrative officer of the Town of Rocky Mount. The Town Manager is appointed by the Town Council and serves at their pleasure. He is responsible for the planning, organizing, directing and evaluation of the activities of all departments, through the supervision of department heads under his authority. The Town Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and directives of the Town Council.

In performing these duties, the Manager interprets and implements policy determined by Council; oversees the enforcement of all laws and ordinances; appoints, directs, and evaluates all department heads and employees on the basis of merit and job performance; prepares and recommends annual operating and capital budgets; prepares agenda materials for meetings; keeps the Council advised of present financial conditions and future needs of the government through regular reports to Council; represents the Town in daily routine relations with the public, the media, other governmental entities, and private agencies; serves on various boards and committees; and other duties as may be described by the Town Charter or required of him by ordinance or mandate of the Council. The Town Manager's office consists of the Town Manager and Executive Assistant/Town Clerk. 

Robert Wood - Town Manager  

Robert was born and raised in Austin, Texas.  Robert attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  He has lived in Texas, Michigan, Utah, Mexico, and now Virginia.

Robert has been a city manager for over twenty years.  He was the City Administrator for the City of West Lake Hills, Texas for twelve and a half years, City Manager of the City of Flatonia, Texas for eight years, and served as an Interim City Manager for Bastrop, Texas.  He has been the Town Manager for Rocky Mount since May 4th.

He is a member of the Virginia Local Government Management Association and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  He has served on various statewide and national committees and task forces with the Texas City Management Association, ICMA, and the Texas Municipal League dealing with topics ranging from ethics to state legislation impacting local governments.  He is an ICMA Credentialled Manager.

Robert has two children: Justin, 22, and Rose, 19.  He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, visiting state and national parks, music, and eating good tacos.