W. Lane Bailey is an established manager with 32 years of local government experience, having served seven years as a County Manager and over 21 years as a municipal manager. Lane is passionate about public service and the impact it has on communities and the difference it can make in peoples’ lives. He is also a champion of developing and mentoring the next generation of local government leaders has built relationships throughout the United States and is widely respected in his field. Lane is also a staunch advocate of customer service and has presented on its importance in local government both nationally and internationally.


  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Appalachian State University
  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Appalachian State University


  • ICMA Southeast Regional Vice President
  • North Carolina City County Management Association (NCCCMA), member and past president
  • ICMA Credentialed Manager since 2002
  • 2009 recipient of the NC Society of Certified Managers Public Manager of the Year in 2009
  • 2018 recipient of the Centralina Council of Governments James D. Prosser Excellence in Government Leadership Award
  • 2020 recipient of the John Whitehurst Service Award
  • American Leadership Academy graduate
  • Adjunct professor at Appalachian State University


32 Years of Local Government Leadership and Management

  • City Manager, Salisbury, NC – 2015-2021
  • City Manager, Lenoir, NC – 2004-2015
  • City Manager, King, NC – 2000-2004
  • County Manager, Polk County, NC – 1993-2000
  • Assistant County Manager, Polk County, NC – 1992-1993
  • Budget Analyst, Gaston County, NC – 1989-1992