Municipality: Town of Murphy
Position Interested In: District Representative - District 12
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 am very interested in continuing to have conversations with other municipal leaders throughout the state to explore how we can improve efficiency in municipal government, work better with county governments, and use technology to provide better services to those who live and visit our towns.
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 am the Mayor of Murphy, NC which is closer to 5 state capitals than we are to Raleigh. Extra effort is required for us to be noticed this far away from our state capital. As I've demonstrated over my first year as Mayor, I show up. I may not have all the answers for the problems I'm trying to solve, but I show up so that I can ask important questions, see how other towns operate and bring observations and solutions back to Murphy.
I currently serve as a Commissioner on the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Association of Tennessee Valley Governments Board of Directors. I also serve on the Executive Committee of the Southwestern Commission (Region A) Council of Governments as well as it's Transportation Advisory Committee.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
I graduated from Murphy High School and attended UNC-Chapel Hill. At the age of 22, I purchased the radio station that I worked for in high school (WKRK) and have owned and operated it for the past 28 years.
Community Service is extremely important to me. I am the Past President of Rotary Club of Murphy and I am the current Public Image Chair for Rotary District 7670 (western 22 counties). I also serve on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. I'm honored to serve on the Board of the Murphy Main Street Community (I just returned from the NC Main Street Conference in Statesville and witnessed amazing transformation projects in cities across our state.)
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
CityVision Annual Conference
Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days
NC Mayors Association member
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to many new and exciting opportunities. The NCLM is invaluable to municipalities from the mountains to the coast because of great folks working together. I sincerely appreciate your commitment to towns large and small.