Message From the Mayor

William C. "Bill" Dusch
Mayor

Mayor William C. "Bill" Dusch, a Concord native, has been active in the community as a business owner and a member of City boards and non-profit organizations for 30 years. He and his wife, Debbie, have two grown children. His Council-appointed board service includes chairing Concord's Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Commission. He is affiliated with many local non-profits including Concord Downtown Development Corporation, United Way, Cabarrus Arts Council, NorthEast Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Duke Energy Citizenship Award for community service.


"The citizens of Concord have given me an opportunity to be their next Mayor. I thank you all and give you my commitment to uphold our leadership tradition. Together with the City Council, I will work hard to continue moving our City forward and am excited for what we will do together over the next years."

 

A Message from the Mayor 

Get involved with your City government

 

For the past year, I have had the honor as serving as your Mayor.  Each day is varied and exciting, whether celebrating the opening of new businesses, honoring our service members and veterans, or welcoming citizens to newly opening facilities.  This is the "fun" part of the job.

Then there is the "work" part, which is still fun but certainly challenging for us and important for the community. Often, discussions at our monthly City Council meetings are extremely detailed and due to our tremendous growth, I don’t foresee this likely to change in the foreseeable future. I hope you will consider attending a City Council meeting to see how we operate. Our meetings take place in City Hall (35 Cabarrus Avenue W) the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 (with a work session the preceding Tuesday at 4:00), and are open to the public. You can always find the latest agenda at: concordnc.gov/Government/Council-Agenda

We have created a number of ways to keep you informed and help you understand how the City operates. Believe it or not, even in our digital age customer satisfaction surveys have consistently showed that this quarterly publication is the preferred way to get information from the City for most citizens. However we have an approach to ensure that we are reaching as many people as possible through their preferred method, whether it be the city website (concordnc.gov), a variety of social media accounts, the weekly CityLink Newsletter (subscribe at concordnc.gov), utility bill inserts, or the even phone messages with the voice of Public Affairs manager, Peter Franzese, who many of us have come to rely upon for various announcements related to city service updates. If you don't get our phone calls, visit concordnc.gov/Resident/Sign-up-for-notification to learn more.

Another way we reach our citizens is by our yearly offering of Concord 101, a 14 week program that shares insight about the history of our city and our philosophy of service, what is going on in economic development, and how each of our city departments operate, and the people who get the job done.  Once a week, citizens have the opportunity to get a firsthand look at different city operations which include interactive presentations and facility tours. These classes discuss the most city functions such as electric, water, sewer, public safety, parks and recreation, Rocky River Golf Club, internal city departments, and even a visit to Concord-Padgett Regional Airport.

The 17th Concord 101 program that just finished in November was in such demand that for the second year, a participation record was set, totaling 47 citizens this year. Most Concord 101 participants gain a valuable understanding as to how the city operates and many go on to volunteer for our city boards such as Historic Preservation, Planning and Zoning, Board of Adjustment and the Storm Water Advisory Commission. The 2019 class will begin enrolling in May for the session that begins in August. If you are interested in learning more about Concord 101, take a look at concordnc.gov/concord101 or call the City Manager's Office at 704-920-5215.

With the holiday season upon us, I wish all my fellow Concord citizens a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.