Leonard Fillyaw

Title: Mayor

Municipality: Town of Teachy

Position Interested In: At Large - Elected Officials

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.

My entire life is one of service to others despite sometime facing discrimination as an African American. I bring many skills to the table with regards to the importance of racial and social equality. One of my specific goals if nominated is to have basic civics and history and citizenship taught at the earl grades in our state. Especially in minority and rural communities learning preamble article and amendments are academic roads to pride and appreciation of our country. Having risen from poverty married to a wonderful wife a son who is a doctor.2 daughter a writer and an artist and three granddaughters who qualified for the junior Olympics. Time to pass the torch of history to a new generation.

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.

I have been a commissioner of the town of Teachey since 2010.I was recently the first African American elected as mayor since the town was incorporated in 1878. I was responsible in initiating scholarship for academic and athletic excellence. at Wallace Rose Hill H.S. served on the Eastern Carolina Board and the Duplin County Scholarship Foundation.
I served on the Duplin County Social Services Board for 5 years. I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Corp Of Engineers.

Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities. 

I am a retired New York City police decorate 8 times for excellence in the of duty. During my tenure as a police officer I was selected to become a police academy instructor in the social science department. I trained hundreds of recruits to become professional police officers. During my off duty hours I earned B.A in Criminal Justice an M.A. in Education I also engaged in activities for the youth in the community.at the Billie Holliday theater in Brooklyn we held shows to encourage youth to develop their natural talents and avoid criminal influences.

Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees? 

  • Legislative Goals Planning Events or Process

  • Legislative Policy Committee

Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.

Being elected the first African American since the Town Of Teachey is one of the highlights of my life. I felt the torch of history was being passed on to me. The unusual events that led up to the election was a the changing of the polling place being moved further away at the last minute. Winning by one vote was a spiritual experience one of overcoming Crow Jim practices and being blessed and appreciate John Lewis and Dr. King for making my
election possible. I was the first elected African American mayor elected since the town was founded in 1878.

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