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 

Good government can be found if you don't look too far

I have written many times about the need for local decision making to be protected in North Carolina. North Carolina's municipalities, and especially its urbanized cities with growing economies and populations, have faced several years of threats and efforts in the General Assembly to diminish local control of revenues, services, and even elections. I have also written about the need for unity and cooperation in the community and among various levels of government. This column is about a similar topic, but from a different perspective: our exemplary local partnerships and cooperation.

Here in Concord and Cabarrus County, you can rest assured that your local elected officials (and the local governments you trust them to lead) are working on your behalf to cut across boundaries, parties, and other obstacles in order to give you the best service and quality of life possible. I am particularly appreciative of the leadership role the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners has taken to ensure we are all working together to solve shared challenges and reach common goals. For well over a year, the County has organized quarterly meetings where dozens of officials are having these conversations. Elected officials and staff members from the County and each municipality within are invited to share information and consider ways to improve relationships and services. This means we are regularly working together in ways that would have been unheard of or unthinkable just ten years ago.

We now have a history of partnerships on major issues like regional water supply, public transit, economic development, and more. Concord has joined Cabarrus County to provide customers an electronic plan review and permitting process, which saves tax dollars while being business-friendly. Hopefully more municipalities will join our efforts. We are preparing to work with Cabarrus County on future needs like recreation opportunities and additional Downtown parking.

My hope is the good work we are doing here can embolden other communities and regions in North Carolina to do the same, and help our representatives in Raleigh finally realize that there are plenty of important issues for them to address instead of an obsession with controlling local governments. The General Assembly should look no further than its own members' complaints of overreach from Washington, to realize that the best government is the one closest to the people.