Kenny Talton Selected as Planning Director

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The City of Goldsboro has selected Kenny Talton as the new director of the Planning Department. Talton has served as interim director since September. The new position is effective as of Dec. 15. His salary is $83,211.72.

“I look forward to Mr. Talton’s continued leadership of the Planning Department,” said City Manager Tim Salmon. “I am sure his many talents will significantly benefit Goldsboro business owners, residents, visitors and employees.”

Talton has 25 years of experience in local government. He previously served as a building inspector, zoning official and code enforcement officer with the Town of Mount Olive, where he began his career in 1996. Talton has been with the City of Goldsboro since 2005, starting as a plumbing inspector in the Inspections Department. He joined the Planning Department in 2014 when he was promoted to zoning administrator. Talton was promoted to assistant planning director in 2020.

“My passion is public service,” Talton said. “I love helping people and communities improve their quality of life. I appreciate this opportunity to serve the City of Goldsboro as the City’s planning director.”

Talton, who also serves as mayor of Mount Olive, has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration from East Carolina University. He is currently enrolled at East Carolina University, pursuing a master’s in Public Administration with graduation anticipated in fall 2022. He holds state certifications as a building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and fire inspector and is a state-certified zoning official.  He has held licenses as a North Carolina real estate broker and home inspector.