Lloyd Payne was appointed Concord City Manager on April 1 after serving three years as Assistant City Manager. He succeeds Brian Hiatt, who retired after 19 years with the city. We sat down with Lloyd to talk about his first couple of months on the job, why he prefers to “manage by relationships,” how his deployments overseas helped in his new role, and how he earned the nickname “Wide Open.”
When Scott Padgett was elected to the Concord City Council in 1995, the city’s population was 30,000; today, approximately 90,000 people call Concord home. We sat down with the retiring mayor recently to reflect on the many changes he’s seen over the last 22 years, particularly in the area of economic development.