William Harris

Title: Commissioner

Municipality: Town of Fuquay-Varina

Position Interested In: Second Vice President, District Representative
(District 6)

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.

Cities and towns throughout North Carolina continue to rebound from a pandemic that changed how local government provides services that promote quality of life. It is important for cities, villages and towns in North Carolina to demonstrate the value they add to their citizens quality of life. I draw on a vision of inclusiveness, and collaboration while encouraging a regional approach to addressing infrastructure needs. I will advocate that cities and towns develop productive partnerships with counties, other governments, and the private sector in both urban and rural areas to work for economic success. In order for cities, towns and villages to be able to quickly adapt to cultural and demographic changes in their communities I will work to promote community inclusion at the state and local levels of 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 over thirty years experience as an elected official in Fuquay-Varina, NC. I've served in various leadership roles since being first appointed and successfully elected for six (6) terms. I have served two (2) terms as Mayor Pro Tem, and Chairman of the Law and Finance Committee, Public Safety Committee, Public Works Committee. I have served on the Economic Development Committee of the League and presently serve as a member of the NCLM Board of Directors for District Six(6). Co-Chair for NCLM's TASK Force on the Impact of City Leaders on Racial Equity.

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

Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Masters of Public Administration. Worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services in various positions with most of my experience working in some capacity with community corrections and substance abuse-mental health treatment services. Serve as Adjunct Professor in Public Administration at Shaw University. Received the Distinguished Service Award and the Outstanding Award from the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce. Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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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.