|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
As we reach the end of 2015, it is time to reflect on what an important year this has been in our history and the excitement that waits ahead of us in 2016. I know many of you have been following along the progress of our new City Hall over the last 18 months. Construction is substantially complete, furniture is being delivered, and staff will be moving in over several weeks in January. By Tuesday, January 19 all services and functions will be operating out of our new home at 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. We hope you will come soon to interact with our staff in your City Hall, or attend a City Council Meeting.
The new facility was designed and constructed to serve the public, and replaces three obsolete Downtown buildings currently housing the City's administrative functions. Going forward, these properties will be able to take on better uses to enhance Downtown. On February 7, we will have a dedication ceremony and invite the public to tour the building, including a behind-the-scenes look at the spaces where City staff will be working for the next generations.
Along with our new building, I would like to congratulate our new Council Members Sam Leder and Brian King as well as returning Council Members Jennifer Parsley and John Sweat on their recent election. At the same time, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge departing Council Members Dave Phillips and Jim Ramseur for their outstanding 20 years of service as Concord elected officials. The community has greatly benefited from their leadership and dedication. I look forward to working with the entire City Council and management staff at our upcoming annual Planning Session in late January. This will be an important opportunity to bring our new members up to speed and establish consensus on goals and priorities as we move into the time of year where the budget is being prepared by the City Manager.
In late October, we joined with our colleagues from Kannapolis and Albemarle to "turn the valve," opening the jointly funded Concord/Kannapolis-Albemarle Waterline. This project was 16 years in the making and provides Cabarrus County with a new and much needed water source to allow us to continue prospering for generations to come. I am willing to be bold enough to say that of all the projects undertaken by the City of Concord in the last 25 years, this one is the most important to our future.
With the year 2016 marking 220 years since our founding in 1796, it is the perfect time to recognize that these major projects and transitions have been decades in the making, and will positively affect our community for decades to come, if not longer.
I truly wish all of you the warmest of holiday greetings and the best in the year to come. Merry Christmas!