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
2020-21 Executive Committee
Ronnie Smith, Martin County Commissioner was sworn in as the 104th President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) on August 15, 2020 to serve a one-year term. He is leading a presidential initiative to promote food system resiliency among all 100 counties in North Carolina. The initiative seeks to identify ways for counties to help all North Carolinians access high-quality, affordable food.
Prior to his role as NCACC President, Commissioner Smith held various statewide leadership positions. A longstanding member of the NCACC Board of Directors, Smith was elected in 2017 to serve on NCACC’s Executive Committee as Second Vice President. He has served as Chair for several NCACC Steering Committees, which provide policy guidance for the organization, including Justice and Public Safety and General Government. He also served as NCACC District Director for Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Martin, and Pitt counties. In addition, he has served five terms on the NCACC Risk Management Board of Trustees, which governs NCACC’s county-led Workers Compensation and Property and Liability risk pools.
In June 2020, Governor Cooper appointed Commissioner Smith to serve on the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice, which was tasked with examining law enforcement and criminal justice in North Carolina. In January 2018, Governor Cooper appointed Smith to serve on the NC Works Commission, which recommends policies and strategies that enable the state’s workforce and businesses to compete in the global economy.
Commissioner Smith was first elected to the Martin County Board of Commissioners in 2002, serving as Chair 2008-2010 and 2014-2016, and Vice Chair 2006-2008 and 2012-2014. Prior to holding elected office, Smith served for 20 years in the United States Air Force and retired as a Major in 1994. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Intermediate Education from Fayetteville State University and a double master’s degree from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, in Industrial Management and Human Relations.
Commissioner Smith is married to Dr. Joyce McMillan-Smith and has three children. He is an active member of his church, serving on the Deacon Board of Willow Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, as well as Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board, Strategic Planning Council of North Carolina A&T State University, and Past Chair of Trillium Mid-East Regional Behavioral Health Board.
President-Elect 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.
First Vice President
First Vice President Tracey Johnson of Washington County was elected as NCACC Second Vice President at the 112th NCACC Annual Conference in Guilford County.
Second Vice President
Second Vice President Johnnie Carswell from Burke County was elected at the 113th NCACC Virtual Annual Conference in 2020.
Immediate Past President
Past President Kevin Austin has served as a Yadkin County Commissioner since 2008 including serving as Chair. He has held various positions at Austin Electrical Enclosures since 1983, and currently works as VP of Manufacturing. Commissioner Austin is active in his community, serving on the Boards of the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District, Inc. and Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation. He earned a B.S. in Engineering Operations from North Carolina State University and was in the first graduating class of the UNC School of Government’s Advanced Leadership Corps. Commissioner Austin can be reached at (336) 849-7781 or [email protected].
Serves as the NCACC chief executive officer of the association and oversees all activities of the association. Provides day-to-day administrative oversight and coordinates advocacy, research, communications, member services and internal support functions.
- 2020-21 District Directors
2020-21 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 Wallace Nelson / Perquimans 2 Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Martin and Pitt John Horton / Hertford 3 Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Wayne Jesse Dowe III / Duplin 4 Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Mike Forte / Brunswick 5 Bladen, Hoke, Robeson and Scotland Pauline Campbell / Robeson 6 Cumberland, Harnett and Sampson Jerol Kivett / Sampson 7 Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton and Wilson Charles Tyner Sr. / Northampton 8 Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren Cedric Jones / Franklin 9 Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange and Wake James Hill / Durham 10 Anson, Montgomery, Moore and Richmond Louis Gregory / Moore 11 Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham Alan Branson / Guilford 12 Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union Gene Houpe / Iredell 13 Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Larry Yoder / Alexander 14 Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey Todd McNeill / Ashe 15 Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Alan Toney / Rutherford 16 Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Rebecca McCall / Henderson 17 Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain Gayle Woody / Jackson 18 Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Terry Renegar / Davie
- 2020-21 National Directors
2020-21 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 Tracey Johnson Washington NACo Seat Number 1 Gloria Whisenhunt Forsyth NACo Seat Number 2
- 2020-21 Past Presidents
2020-21 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 Kitty Barnes Catawba NCACC President 2005-06 Ronnie Beale Macon NCACC President 2014-15 Darrell Frye Randolph NCACC President 1990-91 Brenda Howerton Durham NCACC President 2017-18 Fred McClure Davidson NCACC President 2016-17
- 2020-21 At-Large Directors
2020-21 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 Dempsey Bond Martin At-large director Ed Booth Beaufort At-large director Tare Davis Warren At-large director Charles Evans Cumberland At-large director Jerry Langley Beaufort
- 2020-21 Committee Leadership & Representatives
2020-21 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 Ted Godwin Johnston Environment Steering Committee Chair Randy Thompson Brunswick General Government Steering Committee Chair Ron Wesson Bertie Health and Human Services Steering Committee Chair Linda Rouse Sutton Lenoir Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee Chair George Dunlap Mecklenburg Public Education Steering Committee Chair Connie Orr Graham Taxation and Finance Steering Committee Chair Kay Cashion Guilford County Manager's Representative Lance Metzler Rockingham Legislative Goals Committee Co-Chair Renee Price Orange Legislative Goals Committee Co-Chair Mike LaBrose Caldwell Task Force Co-Chair James West Wake Task Force Co-Chair Sue Hinman Granville RMP Board of Trustees Representative Viola Harris Edgecombe