NEW CITY MANAGER NAMED TUESDAY AFTERNOON
HENDERSONVILLE, NC, April 23, 2013 – The Mayor and City Council of the City of
Hendersonville are pleased to announce the appointment of John F. Connet as the next
City Manager for our municipality. Mayor Barbara Volk notes that Mr. Connet was
selected from a field of 86 individuals who applied for the position. He will begin work
in Hendersonville on May 28.
At the present time, Mr. Connet serves as City Manager of Clinton, North
Carolina, a position he has held since July, 2002. Prior to Clinton, from 1999 until 2002,
he served as Town Manager of Winterville, North Carolina. Mr. Connet has worked for
the City of Hickory, North Carolina, first as Planner from 1992 until 1997 and then as
Risk Manager from 1997 until 1999.
Mr. Connet earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science/Geography from
Western Carolina University in August, 1992, and received a Master’s degree in Public
Administration from Appalachian State University in December, 1997. In addition to his
formal education, Mr. Connet has strived for further professional development through
the School of Government at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, attending
the Municipal Administration Program in 2000 and the Public Executive Leadership
Academy in 2008.
Mr. Connet is a member of the International City and County Management
Association and has earned and maintained the Credentialed Manager status. He also
belongs to the North Carolina City and County Management Association and currently
serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina League of Municipalities. He has
been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, is certified as a Merit
Badge Instructor for Boy Scouts of America and earned the Eagle Scout designation
through Troop 27 of Clinton, North Carolina. While at Western Carolina, he was elected
to serve as President of the Student Government Association.
Mr. Connet, his wife, Lori, and their two daughters, ages 8 and 10, attend the
Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church, where John has served as an elder.
Mayor Barbara Volk notes that John Connet has many skills and traits that will be
useful in Hendersonville. “With his background at Western Carolina and Appalachian
State, John knows the mountains”, the Mayor pointed out. “Clinton, although smaller
than Hendersonville, has all the departments we have and has recently done downtown
rejuvenation and a park master plan, so John understands our challenges. The Council
members are looking forward to having John, his wife and his daughters with us and for
all of you to meet them. A reception to introduce the Connet family and welcome them
to our community will be announced soon.”