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McDowell County, North Carolina

Your Local Representatives - McDowell County

McDowell County has three representative bodies: the Marion City Council who governs the area within the city
limits, the County Commissioners who govern the area outside the city limits, and the Old Fort Board of Aldermen who govern the town of Old Fort.


Old Fort Town Government

Town Government is run by Aldermen and Mayor.

In the 20th century, the title of alderman was typically used for members of the legislature in those cities that used a mayor-council form of government

Mayor Rickey Hensley - 828-668-1014
 
Police Chief Melvin Lytle Jr - 828-317-1925

Alderman Andrew Carlton - 828-803-8860

Alderman Jamie Grindstaff - 828-668-4401

Alderman Jimmie Harris - 828-668-6050

Alderman Melvin Lytle Jr - 828-317-1925

Alderman Wayne Stafford -828-226-7883


Marion City Council

The City of Marion operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The elected City Council hires a City Manager to manage the day-to-day operations of the City government.

The Mayor and all five members of the City Council are elected at-large on a non-patisan basis by the citizens of Marion for four year staggered terms.

The City Council meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday of each month, except in July, when the City Council only meets on the third Tuesday of the month, and in December, when the City Council only meets on the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held at City Hall, located at 194 North Main Street. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. The public is always welcome to attend Council meetings and to speak on any issue they wish. Public comments are typically taken near the beginning of the meeting agenda. The public is encouraged to contact the City Manager at (828) 652-3551 to arrange to appear on the City Council agenda, but is not required to do so. Special meetings of City Council are held periodically and announced in accordance with State law. Meeting schedules are advertised on the City's website.


Council Member

Don Ramsey

Steve Little has served as Mayor of Marion since 2009, and served on City Council from 1985 to 2009.

Billy Martin is the Mayor Pro Tem and has served on City Council since 1995.

Woody Ayers has served on City Council since 2017.

Ann Harkey has served on City Council since 2017.

Juanita Doggett has served on City Council since 2009.

Don Ramsey has served on City Council since 2011.

Click here to see the City Council website, where you can also view past agendas, etc.


McDowell County Commissioners

The McDowell County Commissioners are comprised of the following elected individuals:

Name     Email
David N. Walker     david.walker@mcdowellgov.com
Barry McPeters     barry.mcpeters@mcdowellgov.com
Tony G. Brown     tony.brown@mcdowellgov.com
Matthew Crawford     matthew.crawford@mcdowellgov.com
Lynn Greene     lynn.greene@mcdowellgov.com

The Commissioners hold one regularly scheduled meeting per month on the second Monday at 5 PM in the Commissioners Board Room of the County Administration Building located at 60 East Court Street
Marion, NC 28752
unless otherwise advertised.  The public is invited to attend County Commissioner meetings and to speak on any issue they wish. Public comments are typically taken near the end of the meeting agenda. The public is encouraged to contact Cheryl Mitchell, Clerk to the Board, at (828) 652-7121 or at cheryl.mitchell@mcdowellgov.com to arrange to appear on the agenda, but is not required to do so.

Changes in meeting times and locations are duly advertised in the local media and on the bulletin board in the Administration Building.

Recordings of the monthly meetings can be seen on McD-TV on Charter Cable Channel 192, Morris Cable Channel 10 and online.  To view past agendas, meeting minutes, and committees, click here.


2018 Election

In the November 2018 election, there will be three County Commissioner positions open for election.  Our own Paula Swepson Avery is running for one of those seats.  See her candidate page here!

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