6bCity leaders and staff tout America’s Can Do City because it is unique and full of career opportunities for veterans, military spouses and children. The city currently employs some 1,800 people in a variety of public service industries.

U.S. military veterans, spouses and children often find a transition to city government makes sense after a military service career or permanent change of station. With career opportunities across a variety of disciplines and fields available, the city of Fayetteville is a perfect place to enter the public service sector.

Some serve as police officers, firefighters and telecommunicators. Bilingual staff members have found opportunities to help save lives with their communication skills. The work is not just on the front lines, heroes are behind the scenes too.

Fayetteville Regional Airport Director Dr. Toney Coleman served a total of 25 years in the Army as an aviator and special operations officer. Day to day, Coleman manages airport terminals that are the background to military family reunions and a USO.

Retiring Fayetteville Area System of Transit Director Randy Hume is a Navy veteran. Hume led his team through pandemic challenges, a 9% increase in ridership over the past year and he established a vision to transition to an electric fleet by 2040.
There are more opportunities service members and loved ones can consider. Environmental Services Supervisor Darryn Bailey says he went from Los Angeles to the Army and eventually found a home in Fayetteville.

“Once out of the Army, I worked various jobs,” Bailey said. “When I was hired by the city of Fayetteville, it was the best job ever. I have been here for over 20 plus years.”
Fayetteville job candidates may consider themselves gatekeepers. Development Services is the first stop for people who want to build and do business in Fayetteville.

“Our department is a great place for veterans because it deals with codes, regulations and assisting the general public,” Planning and Zoning Division Manager Jennifer Baptiste said. “It gives them structure and regulations.”

The Development Services team includes veterans who served in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Reserve component. Many of their stories can be read on the website www.fayettevillenc.gov/city-services/human-resource-development/employment-with-the-city/quotes-from-city-employees-who-are-military-veterans.

The city promotes the Employer of Choice initiative which is meant to improve the quality of life for employees making Fayetteville an attractive employment option. Fayetteville commits to investing in all employees so they can invest in our community.

New federal funding was made available this year for the Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation and the Community Development Foundation to develop an “HR Talent Portal” which will serve transitioning soldiers, military spouses and veterans as they leave the service, encouraging them to remain in Fayetteville for their next role. This connects service members and families to education, skills, talents and job opportunities in the region.

New applicants are welcome to apply online for full-time or part-time positions. Ideal candidates have a Can Do attitude and are ready to ensure Fayetteville is a desirable place to live, work and play. Current benefits can be found online. The Fayetteville Police Department is also offering incentives for new officers, including one for those with military experience.
The City of Fayetteville continues to support both active duty and retired service members by providing a welcoming community and rewarding careers. For more information visit www.fayettevillenc.gov/.

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