Phillip Graham named Transportation Director
Friday, April 27, 2018

CONCORD – City Manager Lloyd Payne has named Phillip Graham as Concord's next Transportation Director effective May 1. Graham has worked for the City of Concord since 2008 and succeeds retired Transportation Director Joe Wilson.

Transportation Department is responsible for engineering, planning, project inspection, preventive maintenance, and repair of City streets, curb and gutter, sidewalk, bridges, and traffic control infrastructure. Organized in three divisions, the Streets Division manages, inspects, maintains, and enhances the safety and serviceability of Concord’s street, bicycle, and pedestrian systems. The Signal Division maintains, optimizes, and enhances traffic control signals, intersection control beacons, and school zone flashers owned by the City of Concord and NCDOT. Additionally, the Signal Division assists in maintenance of the City’s fiber optic communications and camera network. The Traffic Services Division is responsible for installing and maintaining all traffic control signs, markings, delineators, and warning devices on City streets; providing traffic control for special events; and fabricating specialty signs and decals for other City departments.

"Phillip is a dedicated member of our Transportation team and an emerging leader in our organization," said Payne. "His professional background and calm confidence are among the many qualities that make him the right person to lead our Transportation Department and the essential services they provide to community members and visitors."

Graham has been serving as interim Transportation Director since November 2017. He began his career with the City of Concord in 2008 as Staff Engineer and has progressed through various positions within the Transportation Department, most recently as Deputy Director.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in North Carolina and holds memberships in the North Carolina chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

"I am honored for the opportunity to serve the City of Concord as the Transportation Director," said Graham. "Being surrounded by such outstanding and dedicated staff in the Transportation Department, I look forward to building onto the strong foundation we have in place."

A native of Sanford, Graham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UNC Charlotte. He and his wife, Celeste, have been married for eight years and have two children. He enjoys spending time with family, playing drums, and being involved in various activities at Lake Norman Baptist Church in Huntersville, where the family attends.