Pictured above are (L-R): Council Member JC McKenzie, Council Member Ella Mae Small, Mayor Bill Dusch, and Council Member Terry Crawford, who took the oath of office on December 14, 2017.
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CONCORD – Mayor William C. "Bill" Dusch took the oath of office on Thursday, along with reelected City Council Member Ella Mae Small (District 3) and newly elected City Council Members JC McKenzie (District 4) and Terry Crawford (District 5). After each new official took their oath at the beginning of the regularly scheduled December City Council meeting, their outgoing counterpart assisted them into their new seats for the first time.
The proceedings capped off a week of transition for Concord's governing body, as former Mayor Scott Padgett and City Council Members Al Brown, Jr. and Lamar Barrier were honored at Tuesday's work session for their combined 70 years of service to the community.
Mayor 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," said Dusch. "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."
Ella Mae Small is starting her third full term on City Council after being appointed in 2006 to fill the District 3 seat left vacant by the passing of her husband, Allen T. Small, and then elected in 2007 to complete his unexpired term. She is a retired educator who has remained active in the community with many organizations such as the Logan Community Association, NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Cabarrus County Child Protection Team, and Sisters in Partnership. She has twice served terms as Mayor Pro Tem.
"I am proud to continue serving our community on City Council," said Small. "I look forward to working together with our new and existing members to find solutions to challenges while ensuring opportunity for all in Concord."
JC McKenzie has lived in Concord since 1993 and recently retired after 41 years as an electrical contractor. He founded and owned McKenzie Electric, an industrial electrical contractor working throughout the southeast. He and his wife, Pam, have three sons, two daughters-in-law, one granddaughter, and one grandson.
“As I said many times while running for office, this is the opportunity of a lifetime for me,” said McKenzie. “Now, the opportunity is a responsibility to the people of Concord and I’m excited to go to work. I will give all my energy to help Concord be the best we can be.”
Terry Crawford and his wife, Carolyn, have been Concord residents for 12 years, and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren. He had a successful 45-year career in the hospitality industry and retired as the General Manager of the Concord Embassy Suites Hotel and Concord Convention Center in 2015. Prior to his election, he served five years on the Concord Planning and Zoning Commission including two years as chairman (2016 and 2017).
"Concord is a great city with phenomenal projected growth going forward," said Crawford. "My goal is to make Concord known as a best in class city to live, work, and play in. I am dedicated to serving citizens with that goal in mind."
Concord's Mayor and City Council are all elected at-large to four-year staggered terms. Candidates for Mayor must reside in City Limits, and Candidates for City Council must within the district from which they run for office. The next municipal election will be in 2019 for District 1, 2, 6, and 7 City Council Members.
In its first order of business, the City Council established its meeting schedule for 2018, which will continue the pattern of meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m., including a work session the preceding Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. The Council also elected Jennifer Parsley as Mayor Pro Tem for the next year.
Find out more about Concord's Mayor and City Council at concordnc.gov/Government/Mayor-Council.