Mecklenburg County’s Office of Management and Budget Director Michael A. Bryant has been promoted to Assistant County Manager. County Manager Dena R. Diorio announced the promotion during the April 22 Board of County Commissioners meeting.
Bryant will replace Mark L. Foster. Foster, who served in the position for the last five years, is scheduled to retire in June.
As Assistant County Manager, Bryant will provide oversight for the following County departments: Financial Services Department, the Office of the Tax Collector, Information Technology, Human Resources, as well as the Office of Management and Budget.
Bryant will also be responsible for leading the County’s enterprise risk management strategy and for supervising financial planning and compliance throughout the organization.
Bryant, who has worked at Mecklenburg County since 2003, has extensive experience in local and state government. Bryant started his career with the County as a Management & Budget Analyst before climbing the ranks to Budget Manager, then Director of the Office of Management and Budget, before accepting his new role as Assistant County Manager.
Prior to Mecklenburg County, Bryant worked for The City of Durham, Duke University, Granville County and the Office of the Governor.
Bryant serves as a senior fellow with the Lee Institute’s American Leadership Forum and has participated in the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Executive Leadership Institute.
Also, beginning in May, Bryant will serve as the President Elect of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The association consists of more than 20,000 members of federal, state, and local public finance officials who are deeply involved in planning, financing, and implementing thousands of governmental operations in each of their jurisdictions.
Bryant is the recipient of North Carolina Central University’s 40 Under 40 Award and the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bryant earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University.