|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
A time for unity
Now that we have the election behind us, let's shift our attention to coming together as a single nation and community. We must all strive to love our neighbors and seek unity. Even though our national and statewide politics have become especially unpleasant, the way our community works together to solve problems can inspire us to do even better, and serve as an example to others.
We held a wonderful community event on Veterans Day this year, honoring the service of our veterans and celebrating local history with the return of the 1907 German Field Gun to a new pavilion on Union Street N near Killarney Avenue NE. This event was a wonderful show of unity that harkened back to the time where it did not take a special occasion or holiday for us to feel patriotic. Learn more about this addition to our historic character in the Winter 2017 City Circular.
Time and again I am thankful for this community and the people who make it what it is. One of the best demonstrations of Concord's positive quality of life is when we are able to share our blessings and talents with others. In October, after Hurricane Matthew left wide-spread power outages across eastern North Carolina, the tough work of recovery began for dozens of counties. Fortunately, Electric Systems crew members from the City of Concord joined crews from Kings Mountain and Gastonia to restore power in the Laurinburg and Red Springs communities, as well as additional areas in South Carolina. Crew members from Concord included: Jackie Rushing, Chris Aldridge, Blaine Long, Justin Pepper, Billy Deese, Chris Pearson, Tony Hurlocker, Brian Cook, David Shue, and Mike Brafford. A bit thank you goes to them for answering the call, as always.
In November, Concord firefighters were deployed to the Party Rock fire in the Lake Lure and Chimney Rock areas, as part of a NC Emergency Management mutual aid request involving over 170 departments. Crews from around the United States deployed to the fire, which took nearly a month to contain and burned over 7,000 acres. Concord crews worked closely with the United States Forestry Service and the Chimney Rock Fire Department, providing fire protection for the Chimney Rock business district and creating fire breaks as part of an effort to contain the fire. Concord provided two day crews and two night crews, and equipment, consistently for seven days. Thank you to crew members and their families, including: Kevin Kirk, Steven McLendon, Josh Simpson, Rick Gilleland, Tim McDonald, RJ Meyers, Rodney Short, Phillip Burris, Tim Barrier, Chad Parker, Jack Smith, Gilberto Meza-Corral, Frank Poppiti, Jon Ryzeck, Henry Parham, and Nick Brazee.
2016 will be remembered as an historic year for many reason, let's look forward 2017 and all the potential to end the year as a better nation, a better state, and an even better community. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and best wishes for the new year!