|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
Life, Well Run
I have written many times about Concord's high quality of life and the positive things happening in our community. A variety of reasons make Concord the wonderful place to live, work, and play it is; maybe too many reason to list. However, I know of one incredibly important reason why the city government in Concord functions so well: professional local government management.
This July 15th will be the 50th anniversary of Concord having a city manager. This incredibly important position is one that many people may have never heard of. Perhaps the most important decision for a local elected officials to make, all 100 counties and all municipalities of substantial size in North Carolina employ a professional local government manager to serve as the CEO of the government's organization. This person brings the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, handle all personnel matters, recommend a balanced budget each year, and serve as the chief advisor to the elected officials. This allows the elected officials to focus on high level decisions such as establishing levels of funding, the scope of an organization's services, and annual goals and priorities. The manager then executes these decisions, working directly with departments and by design keeping the "politics" out of the way cities hire people and provide services.
I have said time and again that Concord is the best managed city in North Carolina, if not the region, under the leadership of City Manager Brian Hiatt. I believe I also speak for all seven members of the City Council when I say this. He is the seventh and longest-serving city manager in our history, arriving in Concord in October of 1998 after over 14 years as an assistant manager in Hickory. His professionalism, integrity, and experience keep our organization operating efficiently and all departments working well together. Brian, together with Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton, new Assistant City Manager Lloyd Payne, and the other assistant managers who have served with him, work as a team to keep all City departments and coworkers focused on our mission and committed to providing excellent service.
The field of professional city management is over 100 years old. After first being discussed by Concord's leaders in the late 1940s, it took nearly 20 years to receive the legislative and voter approval to change the City's charter and operate under the "council-manager form of government." As a citizen and an elected official, I could not be more thankful to Brian, his predecessors, and his colleagues who dedicate their lives to providing public service leadership to local communities. Visit lifewellrun.org to find out more about professional local government management, and be sure to read Brian's column to learn about the first 50 years of city management in Concord.