Title: City Attorney
Municipality: City of Durham
Position Interested In: At-Large - Attorney
Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.
The 2020 Decennial Census revealed that North Carolina was in the top quartile of states for population growth between 2010 and 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic further fueled the NC population growth streak, as the state added more than 94,000 residents between July 2020 and July 2021. As Durham City Attorney, I provide legal counsel to a municipality in our state that is among a group of municipalities experiencing this growth in amplified fashion. With this growth comes significant demographic change--from increases in the number of seniors living, working, and playing in our communities as people from around the country look to NC as an ideal retirement location, to greater numbers of Spanish-speaking residents needing to access government information and services, to residents looking to create spaces and avenues to share new perspectives, experiences, and cultural celebrations. Durham is on the leading edge in dealing with some of these challenges. Attorneys across the state are advising their local governments as they navigate these new demands. I would bring what I'm learning on this front in Durham and as a member of the NCAMA community to the NCLM Board, which would help advance the 2030 Operating Principle of ensuring that NC municipalities are "able to quickly adapt to cultural and demographic changes in their communities."
Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.
Have practiced municipal law for more than 20 years of a nearly 28 year legal career. Joined the Durham City Attorney's Office in April 2005, and was appointed to the post of City Attorney by the Durham City Council in June 2019. Resume has been submitted to provide additional relevant experiences.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
UNC-Chapel Hill, BA (Psychology 1991)
Duke University (JD 1994)
Resume has been submitted to provide additional relevant experiences, professional affiliations, and civic activities.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days
Legislative Goals Planning Events or Process
Affiliate Organizations: NC Association of Municipal Attorneys
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.