The NCACC Board of Directors and its Executive Committee make policy decisions to guide the NCACC and its staff through the year. The board consists of:
- Five officers
- 18 district directors
- Elected members of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors
- Up to five at-large commissioners
- Several ex-officio members who chair NCACC committees or hold other appointments
- Up to five Past Presidents of the NCACC who are still active county commissioners
2022-23 Executive Committee
President Tracey Johnson of Washington County was sworn in as NCACC President at the 115th NCACC Annual Conference in Cabarrus County. She has served as Chair of the Board of Washington County Commissioners, Chair of the Albemarle Commission Council of Government, and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties (NACo). She has also served on numerous boards and committees for topics including: mental health systems (Trillium Health Resources Board of Directors), educational systems (new schools and lottery advisory committees), risk management, recreation, aging, and crime stoppers, among others.
As a champion of rural broadband access, President Johnson is determined to spend her year as NCACC President maximizing the funding opportunities available to make sure that all counties can realize the opportunity and are able to expand broadband access to the underserved and unserved. This is the goal of President Johnson’s initiative, Connecting Counties: Expanding Broadband Access in NC.
The initiative’s task force will bring together county commissioners and officials to explore the complexities and opportunities for expanding broadband. Counties in North Carolina are a key partner in broadband projects and can be invaluable to private sector partners as they plan for and execute projects. The task force will convene regional meetings that will bring together public officials and private sector leaders, especially internet service providers, so that there can be facilitated conversations about how counties can work with partners to expand broadband in their communities.
To learn more on President Johnson’s Connecting Counties initiative, visit www.ncacc.org/connectingcounties.
President-Elect Johnnie Carswell from Burke County was elected at the 113th NCACC Virtual Annual Conference in 2020.
Tare “T” Davis
First Vice President
First Vice President Tare “T” Davis from Warren County was elected at the 114th NCACC Annual Conference in 2021.
Second Vice President
Second Vice President Wallace Nelson from Perquimans County was elected at the 115th NCACC Annual Conference in 2022.
Past-President Frank Williams has served as a Brunswick County Commissioner since 2012 and served as the board’s chair from 2016 through 2020. He has owned and operated Pioneer Strategies since 2001 and co-founded Pioneer Specialties in early 2019. Commissioner Williams has served as chair of the Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization since 2014 and serves or has served on the boards of the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority, Cape Fear Council of Governments and Brunswick Business & Industry Development. He is a graduate of N.C. State University. Commissioner Williams can be reached via www.commissionerfrankwilliams.com.
Kevin Leonard serves as the NCACC Chief Executive Officer of the association and oversees all activities of the association. He provides day-to-day administrative oversight and coordinates advocacy, research, communications, member services and internal support functions.
- 2022-23 District Directors
2022-23 District Directors
NCACC has 18 multi-county districts represented by directors elected to two-year terms, who also serve on the NCACC Board of Directors. The odd-numbered districts elect their representatives during the NCACC Annual Conference, which is held every August, in odd-numbered years. The even-numbered districts elect their representatives during the NCACC Annual Conference in even-numbered years.
District Counties in District Director / County 1 Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington Bob Kirby / Chowan 2 Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Martin and Pitt Dempsey Bond / Martin 3 Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Wayne ET Mitchell / Craven 4 Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Mike Forte / Brunswick 5 Bladen, Hoke, Robeson and Scotland B.J. Gibson / Scotland 6 Cumberland, Harnett and Sampson Glenn Adams / Cumberland 7 Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton and Wilson Linda Brewer/ Halifax 8 Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren Zelodis Jay / Granville 9 Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange and Wake Kirk Smith / Lee 10 Anson, Montgomery, Moore and Richmond Jarvis T. Woodburn / Anson 11 Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham David Allen / Randolph 12 Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union Gene Houpe / Iredell 13 Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Scott Mulwee / Burke 14 Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey Dennis Aldridge / Avery 15 Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Myron Yoder / Polk 16 Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Larry Chapman / Transylvania 17 Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain Tommy Long / Haywood 18 Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Richard Linville / Forsyth
- 2022-23 National Directors
2022-23 National Directors
Because North Carolina is one of the strongest state associations within the National Association of Counties (NACo), North Carolina typically has four and sometimes five seats on the NACo Board of Directors.
Director County Position Ed Booth Beaufort NACo Seat Number 1 Gloria Whisenhunt Forsyth NACo Seat Number 2
- 2022-23 Past Presidents
2022-23 Past Presidents
Beginning in 2013, the President may appoint up to five past presidents who are still active North Carolina County Commissioners to the Board of Directors for a one-year term.
Director County Term as President Darrell Frye Randolph NCACC President 1990-91 Fred McClure Davidson NCACC President 2016-17 Ronnie Smith Martin NCACC President 2020-21 Brenda Howerton Durham NCACC President 2017-18
- 2022-23 At-Large Directors
2022-23 At-Large Directors
The president appoints commissioners to serve one-year terms as at-large directors. These commissioners are appointed to help achieve balance on the Board of Directors.
Position Director County At-Large Director Michael Cogdell Bladen At-Large Director Ed Booth Beaufort At-Large Director Kay Cashion Guilford At-Large Director Tom Keigher Gaston At-Large Director Pauline Campbell Robeson
- 2022-23 Committee Leadership & Representatives
2022-23 Committee Leadership & Representatives
The president appoints commissioners to serve as chairs of the association’s seven steering committees and can appoint commissioners to chair special task forces established to study a specific issue.
Position Director County Agriculture Steering Committee Chair Jerol Kivett Sampson Environment Steering Committee Chair Todd McNeil Ashe General Government Steering Committee Chair Ann Keyes Washington Health and Human Services Steering Committee Chair Allen Thomas Hoke Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee Chair George Dunlap Mecklenburg Public Education Steering Committee Chair Tony Cozart Granville Taxation and Finance Steering Committee Chair Terry Renegar Davie County Manager's Representative Lance Metzler Rockingham RMP Board of Trustees Representative Viola Harris Edgecombe Legislative Goals Committee Co-Chair Kevin Austin Yadkin Legislative Goals Committee Co-Chair Karen Howard Chatham Task Force Co-Chair Ron Wesson Bertie Task Force Co-Chair Stephen Morris Cabarrus Building Committee Chair Deb Hays New Hanover