The town is governed by a mayor-council form of government. Elected officials consist of the mayor and five commissioners or council members. When elected, the mayor serves a 2 year term and commissioners serve a 4 year term. Present elected and appointed officials are:

Term Expiration:
Mayor Austin Brown 2023 (Elected November 2021)
Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn Robinson Melvin 2023 (Elected November 2021)
Commissioner Haywood Johnson 2025 (Appointed March 2023)
Commissioner Barbara A. Peterson 2023 (Elected November 2021)
Commissioner Ralph Smith, Jr. 2025 (Elected November 2021)
Commissioner Jo Allison Strickland 2025 (Elected November 2021)

For a list of committees and the Commissioner(s) who chair them, click here.

For a description of Commissioner Responsibilities, click here.

Board Attorney: 

Town Clerk/ Finance Officer: Ms. Jennifer Gray

Deputy Clerk: Ms. Shauna' Harper

Mayor and Commissioners

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Mayor Austin Brown

  •  Finance and Administration

Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn Robinson Melvin

  • Finance/ Administration, Chair
  • Parks and Recreation, Chair
  • Cemeteries, Co-Chair
  • Buildings, Co-Chair
  • Planning Board Liaison


Commissioner Haywood Johnson

  • Streets/Highways, Chair
  • Planning Board Liaison
  • Public Works (Water/Sewer/Garbage), Co-Chair


Commissioner Barbara A. Peterson

  • Finance Committee, Co-Chair
  • Public Buildings, Chair
  • Cemeteries, Chair
  • Volunteer Group Liaison


Commissioner Ralph Smith, Jr.

  • Public Works (Water/Sewer/Garbage), Chair
  • Safety, Co-Chair


Commissioner Jo Allison Strickland

  • Safety, Chair
  • Planning Board Liaison
  • Volunteer Group Liaison


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PHONE: (910) 529-4141 ■ FAX: (910) 529-1393

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