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 2025 (Elected November 2023)
Mayor Pro Tem Jo Allison Strickland 2025 (Elected November 2021)
Commissioner Timothy Blackburn 2027 (Elected November 2023)
Commissioner Lee Carberry 2025 (Elected November 2023)
Commissioner Anthony Norris 2027 (Elected November 2023)
Commissioner Ralph Smith, Jr. 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. Shauna' Harper

Deputy Clerk: Ramona Arias

Mayor and Commissioners


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Mayor Austin Brown

  •  Finance and Administration

Mayor Pro Tem Jo Allison Strickland

  • Finance/ Administration, Chair
  • Buildings, Co-Chair
  • Planning Board Liaison, Co-Chair
  • Volunteer Group Liaison, Chair


Commissioner Timothy Blackburn

  • Parks/Recreation, Chair
  • Cemeteries, Chair


Commissioner Lee Carberry

  • Parks/Recreation, Co-Chair
  • Public Works (Water/Sewer/Garbage), Co-Chair
  • Streets, Chair
  • Volunteer Group Liaison, Co-Chair


Commissioner Anthony Norris

  • Buildings, Chair
  • Safety, Co-Chair
  • Cemeteries, Co-Chair 


Commissioner Ralph Smith, Jr.

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


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

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