Roanoke appoints new Deputy City Manager
Roanoke City will have a new Deputy City Manager this summer. Clarence Grier was most recently Deputy County Director in Guilford County, NC – the Greensboro area. According to He left this post earlier this year; according to Rhino Times, based in County Guilford, Grier was relieved of his post after a new majority took control of the county commissioners’ council. Grier will succeed Sherman Stovall, who will retire in June.
PRESS RELEASE: Clarence G. Grier has been appointed Deputy City Manager for the Town of Roanoke. Following the retirement of Deputy City Manager Sherman Stovall in June 2021, Grier will assume responsibility for managing and leading city departments, public safety agencies and programs based on overall direction and the policy of the city manager and the city council.
Since 2015, Grier has served in Guilford County, North Carolina, as Deputy County Manager, where he oversaw nine departments: Animal Services, Child Support Enforcement, Child Support Services emergency, family justice center, fleet operations, information services, purchasing, risk management and minority owned businesses. His local government experience includes serving as Deputy County Manager-Director of Finance for Orange County, North Carolina (2009-2015); and as Director of Finance for the Greensboro Housing Authority (2008-2009).
Grier holds a BA from Campbell University (Buies Creek, North Carolina) in Business Administration. He is also a Chartered Accountant, AICPA Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and AICPA Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP).
Grier and his wife have family in Roanoke, and he got his first job outside of college over 30 years ago. He was a high school and college basketball star, having been drafted by the Houston Rockets from the NBA in 1987.
“Finding someone to continue the incredible work of Sherman Stovall, who is retiring in June, has not been an easy task,” said City Manager Bob Cowell. “After receiving over 100 applications and interviewing six highly qualified professionals, I feel very fortunate to have found someone of Clarence’s caliber, available and interested in joining our team. Clarence’s long tenure in the public service, his deep understanding of public budgeting and funding, and his exceptional reputation have helped him stand out above all other candidates. I am delighted that we were able to find someone who I believe will serve the residents of Roanoke well for many years to come, just as Sherman has done for the past several years.
“I am delighted and truly honored to have the opportunity to return to the Star City where my career began and to serve the citizens of the City of Roanoke. Roanoke is very dear to me both personally and professionally, ”said Clarence Grier.