Martha Sue Hall
Title: Mayor Pro Tem
Municipality: City of Albemarle
Position Interested In: Second Vice President; 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.
I have been on the NCLM Board of Directors for two short terms. First, I was appointed in 2014 for a two year term and was also appointed to the RMS Board during that time. RMS was going through some large changes and instead of applying to serve my "second" term on the League Board, I remained on the RMS Board until serving out my term there in 2020. Last year, I was appointed to serve as a President's Appointee (2021/22) for one year and also served on the Executive Committee (which has met very regularly this past year).
I was on the NCLM Board during the development of Vision 2030. It was an involved process that produced a wonderful tool and guide for the next years. The Five Planning Pillars are truly a roadmap for all citizens in our great state. The process in the development of Vision 2030 was as important as the plan itself....as usually the journey as is important as the destination.
Cities, towns and villages in North Carolina are all in a time of change and decision making. The Pandemic of 2020/21 taught us many lessons. It quickly became evident to every local elected official that we (no matter where we live) were not alone; we were all facing the same problems; we had to work with other elected officials in our counties and region and we all had some ARPA money to help us "do great things in our communities". One of the most important issues each of us must currently make is how to best use this "once in a lifetime gift of money" for a longtime return of the investment.
The Six Operating Principles are "right on target" as we continue to work through the back side of the pandemic. We have all seen the worth of our employees "Public Servants" through this pandemic.
Some of the goals I would like to accomplish are to:
Promote the "worth" of Public Servants (both active and retired);
Encourage every elected official to work with other elected officials from the courthouse to the state house to the White House;
Advocate for the continuation of Broadband throughout our state;
Assist in making the right decision as we continue to work through the issues regarding our Real Estate in downtown Raleigh....we have made great strides in the last eight months but need to have the continued leadership in order to continue the process.
2022 and the future will continue to be times of change in our organization both internally and externally. I believe I have the knowledge, skill, ability and will to assist in the change for the success of all involved.
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 was the first female County Commissioner ever elected in Stanly County in 1994. I served on that Board for six years and then was elected to the Albemarle City Council in 2003. I have served continually on Council for the past 19 years. I have served as Mayor Pro Tem since 2015. I have been the delegate to our Regional COG Board my entire elected career. I have served on the Executive Board for over 20 years. I also served as the Vice Chairperson, Chairperson and Immediate Past Chairperson for a total of nine years. I have always been active in the activities with the NC League and the National League having served on many committees over the years.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
I have lived in Stanly County my entire "almost sixty years". I have an Associate Degree from Stanly Community College; a Bachelor's Degree from Gardner-Webb University and a Master's Degree from NC A&T State University. I also received a Court Administration Certification from Michigan State University.
I was employed by the State of North Carolina (Administrative Office of the Courts) for over 30 years (retired in May 2014) working in five counties as well as piloting several projects throughout the state. At the time of my retirement, I was honored to receive the Order of the Longleaf Pine. I am a graduate of Leadership North Carolina, a fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership and a fellow of the American Leadership Forum. I have represented the NCLM on the State Child Fatality Task Force since 2008 (having been appointed each two years by the Speaker of the NC House) and have Co-Chaired the State Unintentional Death Prevention Sub Committee since 2012.
I have been an active in many civic organizations over my lifetime. Please see my resume for additional information.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
CityVision Annual Conference
Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days
Legislative Goals Planning Events or Process
Legislative Lobby Days
Legislative Policy Committee
Technical Advisory Committees
Affiliate Organizations: NC Women in Municipal Government
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
My life is an open book.....I am "who you see" and most of you have seen me over your and my tenure as local elected officials. The NCLM is at a time of change. I have been on the Executive Board this past year (for a one year appointed seat) and I believe we need to continue on the path we have been on for the past eight months. I have the time, the energy, the enthusiasm and the common sense to help lead our League for the next couple of years. I submit my name for the At Large Seat or the office of the Second Vice President. I am here to serve as YOU the Nominating Committee determine where, and if, I can be of assistance. The Board of Directors is a very important group that needs members who will listen, participate, ask questions, do their homework and not be afraid to make hard decisions. I have always done that and am willing to continue if you all desire my energy. I am willing to be involved and "not only be there in person"! We have a great staff at the League and we need to continue to support them as they support our member governments. Again, I am at your "call". You all have the job to do to maximize the strengths of the Board. Thank you for your consideration.