|J. Scott Padgett
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.”
A Message from the Mayor
Welcome to a new colleague
The Council Members and I are happy to welcome Jennifer Parsley as our new colleague on City Council. Jennifer was sworn in at our February meeting after being selected to fill the vacancy left by the death of our friend and long-time Council Member Hector H. Henry, II. I hope you will read the profile of her in the City Circular
to learn more about Council Member Parsley.
The process of welcoming Council Member Parsley gave me a chance to reflect on Concord and my own experience of serving as an elected leader for our City. Our history dates back to 1796 when twenty-six acres of land was donated to establish Concord as the county seat for Cabarrus County. Concord is now over sixty square miles in size, with a population over 82,000 citizens. Our City is now the twelfth largest in North Carolina by population, and the seventh largest by land area.
I know that I can speak for my colleagues on Council in saying that we all consider in an honor to serve. Each one of us takes our responsibility seriously. Part of what makes serving so special is the legacy of Concord's many good leaders who have served from the earliest part of our history right up until today. Many of them are names you see around our community – Cannon, Hartsell, Wilkinson. I have the privilege of knowing several visionaries who moved Concord into the future – Brown, Cone, Dorton, Dusch, Edwards, Fisher, Liles, Mathis, McEachern, Myers, Sherrill, Small, Warlick. These leaders served us well and passed on the torch to the next generation.
The City Council and I work on a daily basis to uphold the values of our community. We strive to balance quality with stewardship, tradition with progress. These are all important to shaping our future on the foundation of our past. The City Staff members add organizational values of service excellence, efficiency, teamwork, continuous improvement, and respect. The goal we all share is to provide excellent services to the public while making the best use of our resources.
I welcome Council Member Parsley into her new role of serving Concord as a Member of City Council. Together, we'll continue to move ahead with the benefit of her talent, energy, and new perspective.
Concord experienced a light snow in January and a heavy snow event in February. Comments from citizens were overwhelmingly positive about the great teamwork and response of City crews, public safety personnel, and other coworkers in keeping everyone safe and services running. Our coworkers worked long hours in difficult conditions, as they always do when the situation arises. Check out the article on page 13 of the City Circular to learn more about Concord's snowfighting efforts.