William Harris

Title: Commissioner

Municipality: Town of Fuquay-Varina

Position Interested In: First Vice 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 would like to continue in my leadership role at the League in order to shape implementing Vision 2030. My goal is to build productive partnerships with a focus on public-private collaboration between community organizations and local government.

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 have served on the Fuquay-Varina Town Board for over 35 years as a Commissioner. During my time on the Board I have serve in various leadership roles, Mayor Pro Tem, Chairmen the Law and Finance Committee, Chairmen of the Public Safety Committee and Public Works Committee. Most recently, I was a candidate for Mayor of Fuquay-Varina and as one (1) of three(3) candidates, received 42% of the votes. Currently, I serve as Co-Chair for the Working Group on Racial Equity and 2nd Vice President for the League.

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

I graduated from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) with a degree in Business Administration, started my graduate work in Public Administration at NC State University and later completed my degree work obtaining a Masters in Public Administration at (NCCU). My professional experience includes working with criminal justice system-treatment programs as a administrator and leader in innovative approaches to alternatives to incarceration, auditing and evaluating service providers for compliance with Medicaid funding rules. I've served as a Grant Reviewer for the US Department of Justice and worked as Adjunct Professor at Shaw University in the Business and Public Administration Department

Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees? 

  • CityVision Annual Conference

  • Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days

  • Regional Meetings

  • Legislative Lobby Days

  • Legislative Policy Committee

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

The time I've spent in public service at the State and local levels of government gives me a unique understanding of the impact of public policy. My professional experience, service in public office, and current work with the League provides me a unique perspective on the challenges of municipalities as we move toward Vision 2030.