Mayor & Council

Council-Manager Form of Government  


J. Scott Padgett

693 Union Street
Concord, NC 28025
(704) 920-5215
Term Expires: 12/2017 

A message from the mayor


J. Scott Padgett was elected to the position of Mayor in 2001 after serving on the City Council since 1995. A longtime resident of Concord, Scott is a retired elementary school principal who received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, Master of Education Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an Advanced Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Very active in the community, Scott is a member of the Concord Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow and former Board of Directors member), and All Saints Episcopal Church. He is a past member of the North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors, is an active participant in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is a current board member of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cabarrus Boys & Girls Club and Cabarrus Bank & Trust. He is a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, and has been honored with the Order of The Long Leaf Pine. 

 Prior to becoming an elected official of the City, Mayor Padgett served as a member of Concord’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He is married and has one child and three grandchildren. Mayor Padgett states, “I have always been impressed with the leadership in Concord, and it is an honor to serve the citizens. We have many challenges today, but they are no greater than those faced by our forefathers. Working together, we can make this an even better place in which to live and work.”


David W. Phillips
Council Member District 1

507 New Castle Court, NE
Concord, NC 28025
(704) 382-2430
(704) 788-9759 (Home)
(704) 786-3283 (Fax)
Term Expires: 12/2015

David W. Phillips, elected to the City Council in 1995, also serves as one of the City’s two representatives on the Board of Directors of the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County (WSACC). David is a lifelong resident of Concord and graduated from Concord High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a Registered Environmental Manager, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, a Certified Infrastructure Preparedness Specialist, and a Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer. David has been employed with Duke Energy Carolinas for 35 years. He currently works in the Duke Energy Kannapolis Office as the District Manager for five counties. He is a member and former President and Director of the Concord Rotary Club, is a member of the UNCC Alumni Association, Board of Directors of the Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc., Board of Directors of the Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the Union County Community Arts Council, Board of Directors of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of The Cabarrus County Community Foundation, has served two terms as Concord Mayor Pro-Tem, and is a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Prior to being elected to represent District 1 on the City Council, David served on Concord’s Planning and Zoning Commission. David believes it is a privilege and honor to serve on the City Council. He feels that Concord is well positioned to deal with the continual growth and changes that the future will bring to the City of Concord.


Jim Ramseur
Council Member District 2

133 Hillcrest Avenue SE
Concord, NC 28025-3617
(704) 791-0442
Term Expires: 12/2015

James E. "Jim" Ramseur, first elected to the City Council in 1995, is a native of Concord, a graduate of Concord High School and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jim is a military veteran, having served our Country for four years in the United States Air Force. An active member in our community, Jim has served on the Board of Directors of Concord Downtown Development Corporation, and Historic Cabarrus. He was Vice Chairman of the City's 1996 Bicentennial Committee, a Past President of the Concord Jaycees, and in 1977 was presented the Distinguished Service Award. In the business community, Jim is the retired CEO of Turner-Baxter, Inc. Jim served as Mayor Pro-Tem of the City Council from 1997-1999, and again in 2007 and 2013. Prior to his City Council District Two election, Jim served as Vice Chairman of the Concord Planning and Zoning Board and Chairman of the Concord Historic Preservation Commission. He is married, has two children and two grandsons, and is a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. Jim states, "I am passionate about Concord's past, as well as its future. During my years on Concord's City Council, maintaining Concord's identity and improving Concord's quality of life have always been high on my agenda."

 Ella Mae Small

Ella Mae Small
Council Member District 3

PO Box 308
Concord, NC 28026
(704) 786-5647
Term Expires: 12/2017

A native of Hickory, Mrs. Small is a graduate of A&T University where she earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Home Economics. She received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also holds certificates from the National Institute of Health and Barber Scotia College.

Now retired, she taught in the Concord/Cabarrus County School Systems, Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, Atlanta Public Schools, Rowan/Cabarrus Technical School, and NC A& T University.

She is active in many organizations including being a member of the Board of Directors of the Logan Neighborhood Association; Logan Community Day Care Board of Directors; Logan Optimist Club; NAACP; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority treasurer; National Education Association; NC Educators Association; Cabarrus County Retired School Association; NC Governmental Workers Association; Cabarrus County Child Protection Team and Sisters in Partnership, and Cabarrus Community Council. She also served on the committee to name U.S. 601 in memory of Warren C. Coleman.

Mrs. Small is a member of Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church where she has served in the positions of trustee board secretary, class leader, building fund financial secretary, missionary society, and hospitality committee chairperson. Widow of former Council Member Allen Small, Ms. Small has one granddaughter Kimberly.


Alfred M. Brown, Jr.
Council Member District 4

100 Grove Ave. NW
Concord, NC 28025
(704) 786-0335
Term Expires: 12/2017

Alfred M. Brown Jr., elected to the City Council in 2001, is a lifelong resident of Concord. Al is a graduate of Concord High School and attended The Citadel. He is retired from the OSP Engineering Department with Windstream, formerly CT Communications. He has two children. He is a lifelong, active member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church and previously served on the Concord Bicentennial Commission and the Concord Historic Preservation Commission. Presently he serves as an delegate to the Cabarrus-Rowan MPO Transportation Advisory Committee and is a member of the Concord-Kannapolis Transit System Authority (RIDER) that began in April 2004. "I believe that our citizens expect and deserve a good quality of life and a safe community to live in. Good streets and roads, low taxes and increasing our tax base, investing in existing neighborhoods as well as preparing for new ones, strong law enforcement and fire and life safety, enhancing our downtown district, and working to maintain a sufficient water supply are but a number of issues that we regularly deal with. It is my pleasure to serve the citizens of Concord."

W. Lamar Barrier 

W. Lamar Barrier
Council Member District 5

29 Brookwood Ave. NW
Concord, NC 28025
(704) 786-3168
(704) 786-0552 (Home)
(704) 782-5766 (Fax)
Term Expires: 12/2017 

Lamar Barrier was elected to the City Council in 1985 and represents District 5. Having spent most of his life in Concord, Lamar attended Winecoff and Concord High School. He is a graduate of the Kentucky College of Mortuary Science and has been a Funeral Service Practitioner at Wilkinson Funeral Home for over 30 years. Lamar proudly served his country during the Vietnam Era and is a veteran of the United States Army. He stays very involved in Concord and Cabarrus County and has served on numerous boards and committees. A Deacon and member of First Baptist Church, Lamar is also a founding member and past board chairman of Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County. He was also instrumental in establishing the Cabarrus Community Health Centers at McGill and Logan, and currently sits as the board chair. He continues as a strong supporter of the Cabarrus County Boys and Girls Club, Concord High School Athletic Boosters Club, CVAN, Cabarrus 4-H and many other local organizations that provide health and safety education for our communities. He values the open and honest relationship he has with all city employees, and is appreciative of the hard work that keeps Concord in the forefront of progress. He is married to the former Christine Cruse, has two children, Rebekah and Blair who have blessed his life with two beautiful grandchildren, Hayden and Audrey. Lamar is passionate about "doing the right thing" for his friends and neighbors in the City of Concord. "After all," Lamar says, "our folks deserve the best."


Jennifer Parsley
Council Member District 6

PO Box 308
Concord, NC 28026
Term Expires: 12/2015 

Being born and raised in Cabarrus County, Jennifer Haas Parsley wants to raise her family with the same values and traditions she remembers. She cites being taught at a young age to be the person to stand up and help, and credits this life lesson with leading to service in the community on a continuous basis.

Parsley is a graduate of A.L. Brown High School and King’s College, and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is the owner of AIM Tours, a destination management company, describing her “day job” as serving as an ambassador to visitors.

Currently, she serves on the Cabarrus County Tourism Authority, Academic Learning Center, Laurel Park Homeowner’s Association, and United Way of Central Carolinas boards of directors. She was elected to the board of directors for the NC League of Municipalities in October, 2015. Parsley is a member of Crossroads Church in Concord and serves the community passionately by volunteering in the hunger relief and My Father’s House programs of Cooperative Christian Ministry. She also continues to be a strong supporter of the Humane Society of Concord and Greater Cabarrus County.

When she is not showcasing the area or filling her most important job as a Mom, she loves to cycle, run, and enjoy any outdoor sporting activity. Parsley is happily married and has one daughter.

"Public engagement is vital in building the relationships between the community and its leaders," said Parsley. "We must be proactive and ensure we focus on quality of life, economic development, and civic pride. I am proud to provide my time and energy to serve our beautiful City."


John Sweat, Jr.
Mayor Pro-Tem
Council Member District 7

PO Box 308
Concord, NC 28026
(704) 425-2205
Term Expires: 12/2015 

John A. Sweat, Jr. has served on the City Council since November 2009. He was first appointed to fill an unexpired term and was elected to a full term in November 2011. John is a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from A. L. Brown High School. He holds Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees in Business Administration and is employed by S&D Coffee, Inc. He recently retired as a Captain from the U. S. Air Force and the North Carolina Air National Guard after more than 24 years of service. John currently is the NC League of Municipalities’ representative to the National League of Cities Council on Youth, Education, and Families. John was recently apponted to the Cabarrus Rowan MPO Transportation Advisory Committee. He is a 2014 graduate the Cabarrus Regional Chamber's Leadership Cabarrus program. He also serves as the Associate Class (Retiree) Representative on the Executive Council for the North Carolina National Guard Association. Prior to his appointment to City Council, John served on the Racial Diversity Committee, Historic Commission, and the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Concord. John is married to Dana Gulledge Sweat and has four children. John is a lifelong member of Westside Church of the Nazarene.

John was honored to serve his Country in the military, and is now equally honored with the opportunity to serve his community on City Council. He feels that Concord is well prepared to deal with its diversity and the quality of life issues that it will face as it continues to successfully grow in the future. “I am committed to faithfully representing my fellow citizens of Concord while taking the lead on initiatives to enhance business, development, and livability in our City.”