Stuart James Turille, Jr. will begin his role as Southport city manager on July 2.

In a vote at a Special Budget Deliberation Workshop on Friday, May 17, 2024, the Southport Board of Aldermen voted to select Stuart James Turille, Jr. to be the City of Southport’s new city manager, succeeding Bonnie Therrien after 18 months of service.

A native of Virginia, Turille will be joining the City of Southport administration team after serving as County Administrator with Pittsylvania County, Virginia. When asked about the decision to select Turille as Southport’s newest City Manager, Mayor Rich Alt stated, “The importance of a city manager is indescribable. I believe that Stuart is what Southport needs to continue making progress and I am excited that we are welcoming him to our administration.”

Turille has been serving in municipalities and counties along the East Coast for more than two decades, with experience including revenue generation and cost savings, strategic planning and economic development, and emergency management. Of those two decades, Turille has spent a cumulative 12 years of service in the eastern and coastal areas of North Carolina.

SPT City Manager Turille

“It is a privilege to be selected as the new city manager of Southport,” Turille says. “I have never encountered such a charming community that boasts all the assets needed to thrive, including natural beauty, a great geographical location and a hospitable community culture. I am excited to begin working with an engaged mayor and board, dedicated staff and committed citizens.”

Turille and his family will be fully relocating to Southport and will reside within the corporate city limits. He will start in his new role as Southport’s city manager on July 2, 2024.

“It’s time to begin our collaborative work, where we are all part of something bigger – unlike any other place in the world – our place on God’s green Earth, by the sea, our home,” Turille said.