Mentoring Initiative

In August 2012 at his installation, NCACC President Howard Hunter III of Hertford County challenged county commissioners to become better community stewards by utilizing their positions of leadership to mentor others. President Hunter talked about the importance that mentors played in his own life, especially those who encouraged him to seek elected office. He acknowledged how important it is to share in that kind of relationship with others who come behind him.

To give organization and focus to his ideas, President Hunter appointed a Mentoring Initiative work group. Consisting of current and former commissioners and county managers interested in mentoring, the work group was tasked with developing strategies for engaging commissioners to serve as mentors at the local level, as well as at the state level through the Association.

Mentoring Initiative participants met 4 times over the course of the year. Participants discussed mentoring relationships in their personal lives, and described why participating in this particular initiative resonated with them. In the discussion, participants talked about the distinctions between mentoring young people, mentoring others in the public professions, and mentoring other commissioners; as public servants, they hold positions of leadership in their communities that can be very powerful if used to mentor others.

The NCACC Board of Directors adopted the work group's conclusions and conclusions and recommendations on June 21, 2013. The full NCACC membership will receive the report of the President’s Mentoring Initiative during the Annual Business Session (Aug. 24, Guilford County). This page will be used as a reference to include suggested reading and other resources for county officials.

Suggested reading on mentoring

Mentorship: 3 keys to success (June 10, 2013)
Author: Dana Theus, President/CEO, InPower Consulting

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mentors (June 3, 2013)
Author(s): Jennifer Przybylo and Nina Vasan, co-authors, "Do Good Well: Your Guide to Leadership, Action, and Social Innovation" Tips from Mentor Scout’s mentors of the year (May 16, 2013)
Author: Julia Russell, writer, SmartBrief North Carolina county programs NCACC resources Community youth programs

Jonathan Barfield, New Hanover County Commissioner

Mary Accor, Past NCACC President, Cleveland County
Kevin Austin, Yadkin County Chair
Anna Baucom, Anson County Chair
Gary D. Blevins, Wilkes County Chair
Moses Carey, Past NCACC President, Orange County
John Crumpton, Lee County Manager
Bob Davis, Scotland County Chair
Terry Garrison, Vance County Commissioner
Brenda Howerton, Durham County Commissioner
Tracey Johnson, Washington County Commissioner
Tom Lundy, Catawba County Manager
Judy Porter Poe, Ashe County Chair
Loria Williams, Hertford County Manager

Staff Liaisons
Jason King, Associate Director of Education
Patrice Roesler, Deputy Director