Message From the Mayor

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 

It's about the people

Well the time has come to write my final column. Nowadays, a lot of my sentences begin with, "I remember when…" For example, I remember when the City began publishing the City Circular magazine in 1998, and 69 issues later I am proud that it is such a quality information source for citizens.

The City has continued to find new ways to improve outreach and communications since the launch of the City Circular, including introducing the Concord 101 citizens' academy, Public Safety Academy, Youth Council, Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program, CityLink email newsletter, social media engagement, and more. While the ways we connect have changed over time, the goals remain the same: meeting community members where they are, fostering informed citizenship, focusing on service excellence, and providing convenient ways to interact with City officials and staff.

It has been a pleasure to be part of a team where so many things have been accomplished, ranging from building needed facilities and infrastructure, securing adequate water for our current and future needs, and enhancing the quality of life and quality of place in our community. All of these tangible things are important, but when you boil it down to its core, our work is about serving the people of Concord. This includes people with several generations of Concord roots, and the thousands who have chosen Concord as their home.

The word Concord means harmony, and I am moved how this community has grown to embrace its name that came from finding a compromise for where to locate the Cabarrus County seat over 220 years ago. Now, it speaks to the way old and new are blending together to make an even stronger and better City, with more opportunities for more people. It is kind of like opening, roving, and spinning cotton into yarn, and then weaving it into cloth. These different elements and processes come together to become something useful that can stand the test of time.

One of the greatest accomplishments of Concord's elected leaders and the thousands of people who have worked for this organization are managing growth, improving the quality of life, and remaining good stewards of tax dollars at the same time. As times have changed and while facing many challenges, Concord citizens have been able to depend on a low, stable property tax rate that provides a tremendous value for the excellent services received. I similarly applaud elected and appointed leaders for Cabarrus County and all its municipalities for having the same approach in their jurisdictions. We are all benefit from cooperation and teamwork across political boundaries.

Concord is blessed with so many citizens that truly care about others and support so many good causes to help people in need. I believe the Cabarrus Boys and Girls Club's Pancake Day is just one example that shows the kind of people who call Concord home. There are major cities that wish they could bring together the crowd that we have become accustomed to each March, when thousands of people come to support our youth, continue traditions, and enjoy community fellowship. Our annual Tree Lighting and Fireworks is another tradition that has become such a pleasure to be a part of. I'll miss being on stage with the kids after this year, but I know I can look forward to Concord's most fun night for years to come.

Over my 22 years in elected office, I have served with many outstanding people who dedicated themselves to our community. Some have passed on, some have moved to other roles, and some continue their work on City Council. Each of them has brought a love for Concord and a passion for helping people to the table. I have also been consistently amazed by the work of the City's professionals who go to work every day to serve citizens and customers. We truly would not have as wonderful of a place to live, work, and visit if it were not for the people focused on public safety, utilities, infrastructure, recreation, and countless other services we rely on every day. Working together with all of these people has been a humbling experience and a blessing. I hope you will read the full statement that was first published in July, because it truly expresses the gratitude and hope I have as I close out this chapter of public service.

I have every confidence that future Concord elected leaders and staff will continue our long established vision of courageous leadership, and focus on serving you, the great people who call Concord home. I thank my family, colleagues, and the community for their support over the past 27 years of service with the City of Concord, because this would not have been neither possible nor as fun without your involvement. Teresa and I look forward to seeing you soon and wish you the best until then.