G. Scott Neisler

Title: Mayor

Municipality: City of Kings Mountain

Position Interested In: President

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 want to represent all of our cities in the state. Because the strength of all of us is the strength of the state. I want to work hand in hand with the General Assembly to work on problems together. I hope to be a bridge builder to accomplish Vision 2030 of which broadband is of special interest to me. Cities should be able to provide that service to it's citizens. It is a part of Vision 2030. So, lobbying the General Assembly will be the key! I want to work hard in this because broadband is the 21st Century project as was the electrification projects in the country of the 1900's!

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.

In 1989 I was elected to the ward 6 city council seat in Kings Mountain. Two years later I was one of the last elected officials in North Carolina required to resign that seat to run for Mayor. In 1991 I was elected and served as Mayor from 1991 to 1999 (3 terms). In 2015 the citizens once again had faith in me and I was re-elected as Mayor of this great city. I have been energized once again to take the city to the next level. It is my goal to ensure that Kings Mountain remains the best city to live, work and play.

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

I graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL with a BS Degree in Health and Physical Education. For 37 years I worked in my family's textile business, Dicey Fabrics in Shelby, NC. I worked in the quality, manufacturing and sales departments of the company specializing in upholstery fabric for the furniture industry. Beginning in 1989, as a hobby, I was actively broadcasting sporting events for various radio stations. Little did I know, with the demise of textiles, that radio would become my life's vocation. I purchased AM 1450 WGNC in Gastonia in 2009 and am working full time there now.

I have always been active in Kings Mountain, being a member of the Cleveland County Healthcare System's board for 26 years, elder at First Presbyterian Church, and associate member of Good Hope Presbyterian both in Kings Mountain. I have shot the City of Kings Mountain's 4th of July fireworks show for 26 years and initiated the Downtown Christmas Fantasy Light Show.

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

  • Regional Meetings

  • Legislative Lobby Days

  • Finance Committee

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

We have got a great staff that works tirelessly to better our organization. I know many times I have had ideas we should address at the League to help our cities to discover out our staff was already on it! I look forward to supporting our team as they take us to the next level. They are certainly talented in their fields of expertise!