Mayor & Council

Council-Manager Form of Government  

 

William C. "Bill" Dusch
Mayor

92 Louise Drive SE
Concord, NC 28025
(704) 920-5215 (City Hall)

duschb@concordnc.gov
Term Expires: 12/2021 

A message from the 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."

 


 

 

Samuel Leder
Council Member District 1

PO Box 308
Concord, NC 28026

(704) 786-8189

leders@concordnc.gov
Term Expires: 12/2019

Sam Leder was elected to the City Council in 2015. A native of Whiteville, he is a lifelong resident of North Carolina, and has lived and worked in Concord since 1995.  He graduated from UNC – Chapel Hill in 1991, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Accounting.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, and is the managing partner of the local accounting firm Potter & Company, which employees over 35 people in Concord, Monroe, Mooresville, and Charlotte.  He and his wife have two sons who attend Cabarrus County Schools.

He is very active in the community, and currently serves on the Uwharrie Bank Board, the CMC NorthEast Hospital Advisory Board, the Academic Learning Center Board, and has volunteered the last four years as Treasurer of the Ella Foard Foundation for Rett Syndrome.
  He is also a 15-year member of the Concord Rotary Club, is a three-time Paul Harris Fellow, was a past president in 2008, and currently serves as a Board of Director member.  He has been involved with the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce since 1996, served as its Chairman of the Board in 2010, and is an Eagle Scout.

“Our city is a wonderful place to raise a family, work, relax, and retire.
  My goal is to ensure Concord continues to provide the high quality of life that its citizens have come to expect.  I am committed to serving Concord by promoting responsible development, using tax money efficiently, and encouraging job growth.”


 

W. Brian King
Council Member District 2

PO Box 1643
Concord, NC 28026

(704) 920-5215 (City Hall)

kingb@concordnc.gov
Term Expires: 12/2019

Brian King began his first term after being elected in 2015. A graduate of Concord High School where he was the Student Body Vice President, he is an alumnus of Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Brian currently serves on the Cooperative Christian Ministry’s Board of Directors. Brian is a 15-year member of the Concord Rotary Club where he served as President in 2011-12. He received the club’s Distinguished Rotarian Award in 2014 and is a three-time Paul Harris Fellow. For 10 years Brian has served on the Cabarrus County Community Free Clinic Board and was a two-term President for that organization. Brian served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Cabarrus County Boys’ and Girls’ Club.  Brian founded King Financial Corporation in 1998 where he is currently a Certified Financial Planner Practitioner in downtown Concord.  Brian and his wife Kara have two daughters.

 


 

 Ella Mae Small

Ella Mae Small
Council Member District 3

PO Box 308
Concord, NC 28026
(704) 786-5647

smalle@concordnc.gov
Term Expires: 12/2021

A native of Hickory, Mrs. Small is a graduate of A&T University where she earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Home Economics. She received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also holds certificates from the National Institute of Health and Barber Scotia College.

Now retired, she taught in the Concord/Cabarrus County School Systems, Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, Atlanta Public Schools, Rowan/Cabarrus Technical School, and NC A& T University.

She is active in many organizations including being a member of the Board of Directors of the Logan Neighborhood Association; Logan Community Day Care Board of Directors; Logan Optimist Club; NAACP; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority treasurer; National Education Association; NC Educators Association; Cabarrus County Retired School Association; NC Governmental Workers Association; Cabarrus County Child Protection Team and Sisters in Partnership, and Cabarrus Community Council. She also served on the committee to name U.S. 601 in memory of Warren C. Coleman.

Mrs. Small is a member of Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church where she has served in the positions of trustee board secretary, class leader, building fund financial secretary, missionary society, and hospitality committee chairperson. Widow of former Council Member Allen Small, Ms. Small has one granddaughter Kimberly.

 


 

 

JC McKenzie
Council Member District 4

PO Box 5248
Concord, NC 28026
(704) 786-8209

mckenziejc@concordnc.gov
Term Expires: 12/2021

JC McKenzie began his first term after being elected to City Council in 2017. He is a native of Princeton, WV and grew up in Fountain Inn, SC before moving to Concord in 1993. He recently retired after 41 years as an electrical contractor. He founded and owned McKenzie Electric, an industrial electrical contractor working throughout the southeast.

He is a member of Central United Methodist Church and has been involved in many committees. JC is a long-time Rotarian and past president of the Concord Rotary Club, his year ending in 2010 with the dedication of the “Everybody Plays” playground at McGee Park. He also served as Rotary Assistant District Governor from 2014 until 2017.

JC is married to Pam and between them they have three sons, two daughter-in-laws, one granddaughter, and one grandson.

“As I said many times while running for office, this is the opportunity of a lifetime for me. 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 

Terry Crawford
Council Member District 5

5576 Yorke Street NW
Concord, NC 28027
(704) 743-3396

crawfordt@concordnc.gov
Term Expires: 12/2021 

Terry Crawford is serving his first term after being elected in 2017.  Terry and his wife Carolyn have been Concord residents for 12 years.  He holds a BS degree in marketing and economics from Middle Tennessee State University and attended Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.  Terry 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). Terry has also served on the boards of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Cabarrus Arts Council.  He was voted by the Convention and Visitors Bureau as the "Outstanding Ambassador of Cabarrus County" in 2016 and received the "Excellence in Economic Development Award" from the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation in 2017.  He received a “Key to the City of Concord” from Mayor Scott Padgett in 2014.

"Concord is a great city with phenomenal projected growth going forward. 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."

 


 

 

Jennifer Parsley
Council Member District 6

PO Box 308
Concord, NC 28026
704-226-8246

parsley@concordnc.gov
Term Expires: 12/2019 

Being born and raised in Cabarrus County, Jennifer Haas Parsley wants to raise her family with the same values and traditions she remembers. She cites being taught at a young age to be the person to stand up and help, and credits this life lesson with leading to service in the community on a continuous basis.

Parsley is a graduate of A.L. Brown High School and King’s College, and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is the owner of AIM Tours, a destination management company, describing her “day job” as serving as an ambassador to visitors.

Currently, she serves on the Cabarrus County Tourism Authority, Academic Learning Center, and United Way of Central Carolinas boards of directors. She was elected to the board of directors for the NC League of Municipalities in October, 2015 and appointed Co-Chair of its Planning and Environmental Legislative Action Committee. Parsley is a member of Crossroads Church in Concord and serves the community passionately by volunteering in the hunger relief and My Father’s House programs of Cooperative Christian Ministry. She also continues to be a strong supporter of the Humane Society of Concord and Greater Cabarrus County.  She was elected to Business Today’s Top Women Leaders, Class of 2015.

When she is not showcasing the area or filling her most important job as a Mom, she loves to cycle, run, and enjoy any outdoor sporting activity.

"Public engagement is vital in building the relationships between the community and its leaders," said Parsley. "We must be proactive and ensure we focus on quality of life, economic development, and civic pride. I am proud to provide my time and energy to serve our beautiful City."


 

 

John Sweat, Jr.
Council Member District 7

PO Box 308
Concord, NC 28026
(704) 425-2205

sweatj@concordnc.gov
Term Expires: 12/2019 

John A. Sweat, Jr. has served on the City Council since November 2009. He was first appointed to fill an unexpired term and was elected to full terms in November 2011 and 2015. John is a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from A. L. Brown High School. He holds Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees in Business Administration and is employed by QCD. He retired as a Captain from the U. S. Air Force and the North Carolina Air National Guard after more than 24 years of service. John serves as the NC League of Municipalities’ representative to the National League of Cities Council on Youth, Education, and Families and was appointed to the Cabarrus Rowan MPO Transportation Advisory Committee. He is a 2014 graduate of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber's Leadership Cabarrus program and a member of the Cabarrus Literacy Council executive committee. He also served as the Associate Class (Retiree) Representative on the Executive Council for the North Carolina National Guard Association. Prior to his appointment to City Council, John served on the Racial Diversity Committee, Historic Commission, and the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Concord. John is married to Dana Sweat and has four children. John is a lifelong member of Westside Church of the Nazarene.

John was honored to serve his Country in the military, and is now equally honored with the opportunity to serve his community on City Council. He feels that Concord is well prepared to deal with its diversity and the quality of life issues that it will face as it continues to successfully grow in the future. “I am committed to faithfully representing my fellow citizens of Concord while taking the lead on initiatives to enhance business, development, and livability in our City.”