The Town of Hertford operates under a Council-Manager form of government.  The residents elect a governing body, the Mayor and the Town Council, to adopt legislation and set policy.  The Town Manager is hired by the Town Council to put those policies into action and to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Town.           

The Town Administrative Team includes the Town Manager, The Town Clerk and the Town Attorney.


 Town Manager

Janice McKenzie Cole, M.P.A., J.D.
(252) 426-1969 

The Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer and provides oversight of all operations ensuring that the Town’s mission, vision and values are being implemented.

The Manager’s specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepares a budget and capital program for the governing body’s consideration;
  • Recruits, hires, supervises, and terminates government staff;
  • Supervises the administration of all departments of the Town;
  • Carries out the policies of the governing body; and
  • Serves as the governing body’s principal advisor by providing complete and objective information about local operations, presenting options, offering an assessment of short and long term consequences of decisions, and making policy recommendations.

 Town Clerk

Gina Durante
(252) 426-5311  ext. 8

The Clerk is the custodian of all town records. and creates and maintains a journal of the proceedings of the Council.

The Clerk’s responsibilities include the following and any other duties that may be required by law or Council:

  • Provides notice of all meetings of the Council in accordance with the NC Open Meetings law
  • Records official action taken at all meetings
  • Archives permanent records, such as meeting minutes, resolutions and ordinances adopted by Council and contracts
  • Accepts and processes applications for Council appointments to Boards, Committees and Commissions a link to the application for Boards, etc. - Board Application
  • Processes Public Record Requests
  • Issues Business Privilege Licenses


 Town Attorney

John Leidy

The Town attorney is appointed by Council to serve at its pleasure and to be its legal advisor. The attorney’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Advise the Mayor, Council and Town Manager regarding matters related to the Town’s business
  • Attend regular meetings of the Town Council
  • Prepare deeds, contracts and other legal documents originating with the Town
  • Reviewing contracts and other legal documents presented to the Town by others
  • Assist the Town in the preparation of ordinances