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
This column does not appear in the Winter 2014 City Circular, which instead dedicates the space to remembering Council Member Hector H. Henry, II.
Something to celebrate
Once again, a new year is upon us and I am amazed how time has gone by. Over the last few months, we have enjoyed several annual events that help make Concord the wonderful place it is. While we are already thinking about the year to come, I’d like to pause in reflection some special moments and community celebrations.
We enjoyed a lovely fall afternoon at the annual Downtown Candy Crawl on Halloween. Downtown businesses have hosted trick-or-treaters for several years. This year, Keystone Club members from the Boys and Girls Club helped greet children and pass out candy throughout the Downtown. We thank the Downtown businesses for their support of this event over the years and look forward to future activities.
On November 22, the holiday season kicked into high gear with the sixteenth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Our signature community event once again featured family entertainment, Santa, and of course fireworks! The musical performances really set the mood, with singing from the Irvin, Weddington, and Winecoff Elementary Schools combined Chorus under the direction of Latta Knapp
. They were followed by rocking holiday medleys by Gary Gilmore, and traditional music from the Choral Academy
under the direction of Gary Shive.
We could not do this wonderful event without the support of our sponsors, Carolinas HealthCare System
and Uwharrie Bank
. We are also appreciative of our partnership with Cabarrus County who provides the space to safely launch the fireworks. We’re already thinking about how to adjust for next year, when the new City Hall will be under construction next to Concord Police Headquarters.
The Tree Lighting was followed the next day by the eighty-fifth annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade, produced by the Cabarrus Events Association
. This year, the parade marshal was Jim Lentz, a former Cabarrus County Commissioner who was instrumental in working with the City of Concord to construct Concord Regional Airport in the early 1990s. Thousands lined the two-mile parade route to see bands, floats, cars, ROTC units, and many community organizations. The City Council and I always enjoy seeing everyone as we ride in the 1963 fire engine. We would especially like to thank Brenda Drye, John Howard, and the loyal crew of volunteers at the Cabarrus Events Association who put together yet another successful parade. I would also like to recognize Cabarrus County’s Channel 22, who records and replays the parade frequently
so those who were not able to make it can also enjoy the fun.
Our historic Downtown is a beautiful place year-round, but gets an extra boost of festiveness around the holidays. This year, there were several generous donations that helped us decorate Downtown even more! Many Downtown businesses sponsored “holispheres” in the street trees -- colored balls of light that complimented similar decorations in many residential areas. Finally, our local Home Depot made a donation of $5,000 to add beautiful exterior lights to every building in HIstoric Downtown Concord. Thank you to everyone who helped bring holiday warmth and light to our Downtown!
These events all showcase what makes our community so great--the people who come together to help each other, celebrate, and appreciate everything we have. On behalf of the City Council, I wish you the best for 2014. Happy New Year!