Municipality: City of Whiteville
Position Interested In: District Representative - District 3
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 really enjoyed being involved in municipal government for the last 20 years. Several years ago, I had the honor of serving on the NCLM Board and felt a great deal of satisfaction being involved at a higher level. Since rolling off the NCLM board, I realized, even more, the value of staying informed of local government issues. It has given me a new prospective on importance of what the League does for all cities and towns in North Carolina.
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 originally got involved in municipal government as a Whiteville City Council member in 2005. After serving one four-year term, I was elected Mayor of Whiteville. I have been re-elected as Mayor five additional terms. I have served the last eight years on the Cape Fear Council of Governments RPO. This has given me the opportunity to learn more about local transportation issues and its funding. Whiteville experienced two major floods in 2016 and 2018 from hurricanes. I have been affiliated with several regional initiatives as we attempt to mitigate flooding in our area. I feel my many years of local government experience has given me the opportunity to develop what I feel is a good relationship with our local legislative delegation.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
Graduated from Whiteville High School in 1974. Attended East Carolina University and graduated with a BA in Political Science in 1974. After graduating from college I managed my family's third generation clothing business until 2019. Since retiring, I have had the opportunity to attend countless webinars (due to Covid -19) through both NLC, NCLM and other government related entities. I keep educating myself on legislative issues as they related to municipal government. I was taught at an early age the importance of involvement in the community and participate in numerous civic and community activities including Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of American, Economic Development to name a few. My involvement in my community has directly lead to my election and re-election success.
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
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
I have not included any letters of recommendation due to the time factor, not wanting to impose on anyone at the last minute.