Martha Sue Hall
Title: Mayor Pro Tem
Municipality: City of Albemarle
Position Interested In: At Large - Elected Officials, District Representative
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 was on the NCLM Board of Directors in 2014 at which time I was also serving on the RMS Board. During my term on both boards was the time that the RMS Board was being updated and there would no longer be "a person on both boards". I stayed on the RMS Board as that was a time of change for both RMS and the League. I served out my term on RMS in February 2020.
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 is truly a roadmap for all citizens of our great state. The process in the development of Vision 2030 was an important as was the development of the plan.
Cities, towns and villages in North Carolina are all in a time of change. The pandemic of 2020 (Covid) taught us many lessons. It quickly became evident to every local elected official that WE (no matter where we live) were not in this alone; we were all facing some of the same problems (not only with infrastructure) but that we had to work with other elected officials in our county and region in order to continue to keep our municipalities moving forward. The Six Operating Principles is "right on target" as we continue to work through the back side of the pandemic. We have all seen the worth of Public Servants through this pandemic.
Some of the goals I would like to accomplish (should I receive a seat of the Board) are to:
Promote the "worth" of Public Servants (both our active and retired employees);
Encourage every elected official to realize that WE are all dependent on each other - from City Hall to the County Courthouse to the General Assembly;
Advocate for the continuation of increased Broadband throughout our state.
2021 will be a year of continued change in our state. Some of this change will become evident when we receive the data from the 2020 Census. We must be ready to change as needed.
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 this Board for six years and then was first elected to the Albemarle City Council in 2003. I have served continually on City Council with my current term to expire in December 2024. Both as a County Commissioner and Council Member I have been the delegate to our Regional Council of Government my entire elected career. I am currently Mayor Pro Tem and have served in this position since 2015.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
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 have 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 May, 2014) having worked in five different counties. I have been active in my community my entire life in many different organizations. I received the Order of the Longleaf Pine in 2014. 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 since 2008 on the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force and have Co-Chaired the Unintentional Death Prevention Sub Committee since 2012.
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: Women in Municipal Government (President 2014, 2015); Currently District 8 Representative
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
I am ready to serve again......IF YOU ALL WANT ME! Thanks.