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Mayor Mike Inscore

Mayor Inscore was re-elected for his third term as Mayor in December 2015 and this is a four year term. Mike was first elected to the Wilkesboro Town Council in 1997 and was re-elected to the Town Council in 2000 and 2004. He was elected Mayor in 2007 and 2011. Wilkesboro's Town Council involvement include Water, Personnel Compensation and Employee Benefits, Fire Department, Main Street Merchants Board, Tourism Development Authority Board, and Ex Officio of the ABC Board. He is member of the Wilkesboro United Methodist Church, member of the church Lay Leadership Committee, and member of the Ecclesia Sunday School Class. He was employed with Lowes Home Improvement Warehouses at the Corporate Offices for 24 years before retiring.

Contact Information: 1626 Skyland Drive, Wilkesboro, NC 28697 Home: 336-838-8786  Town Hall: 336-838-3951 ext. 244   email 

 

 

  

  

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Mayor Pro Tem Jimmy Hayes

Jimmy was re-elected to his second term on the Town Council in December 2011 and this is a four year term. Jimmy was first elected to the Wilkesboro Town Council in 2007. He was assigned by the Mayor to focus on the areas of the Sanitation/Recycling, Safety, Wastewater/Sewer, Equipment, Buildings, Member of the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, and Ex Officio of the Wilkesboro Planning Board.

Contact Information: 1523 Laurel Road, Wilkesboro, NC 28697  Home: 336-667-3994   Cell: 336-984-0400  email

 

 

 


 

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Town Councilman Russell F. Ferree

Councilman Ferree was elected to his first term on the Town Council in December 2013 and this is a four year term. He was assigned by the Mayor to focus on the areas of Water Filtration, Street Lighting, Utilities at Public Buildings, Member of the Wilkes Heritage Board of Directors, Member of the High Country Council of Governments, and Ex Officio of The Wilkesboro Zoning oBoard of Adjustments. He has a small real estate law practice locally.

Contact Information: Office: 100 North Bridge Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697 Law Office: 336-838-0024 OR Town Hall: 838-3951 email 

 

 

  

 

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Town Councilman Claude Andrew "Andy" Soots

Councilman Soots was elected to his first term on the Town Council in December 2013 and this is a four year term. He was assigned by the Mayor to focus on the areas of Streets/Sidewalks, Civic Center, Parks & Recreation, Police Department, Cemetery Board, Member of Blue Ridge Opportunities Commission, Ex Officio of the Landscape Planning & Review Board. He is President of Wilkes Cruisers, Past Master and current Treasurer at the Masonic Lodge, a local business owner and is retired from the Wilkesboro Fire Department.

Contact Information: 503 College Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697 Home: 667-2544 Cell: 984-7333 or Town Hall: 336-838-3951 email  

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Johnson

 

Town Councilman J. Gary Johnson

Council Johnson was elected to a second term on the Town Council in December 2015 and this is a four year term. Gary was first elected to the Wilkesboro Town Council in 2007 and 2015. He was assigned by the Mayor to focus on areas of Finance, Budgeting, Police Department, Fire Department, Member of the Wilkes County Economic Development Corporation, and Ex Officio of the Wilkesboro Historical Preservation Commission. 

Contact Information: Wilkesboro Town Hall, 203 West Main Street, PO Box 1056, Wilkesboro, NC 28697  Tel: 336-838-3951 ext. 231  Fax: 336-838-7616 email 

 

 

 

 

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Town Attorney John S. Willardson

John S. Willardson is a native of Santa Monica, California and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he completed a double major in Spanish and Political Science.  Following undergraduate school, he served six years in the US Army Reserve.  Following law school at UNC-CH, he served as a research assistant to a judge at the North Carolina Court of Appeals in Raleigh before moving to Wilkes County. John is peer review rated "A-V" by Martindale Hubbell and has been repeatedly honored as one of North Carolina's Super Lawyers. John serves on many professional boards including the NC State Bar Council, the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, the NC Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Council and Committee for the Independence of the Judiciary. John has served on the boards of many local organizations including the Wilkes Family YMCA, the North Wilkesboro Kiwanis Club, Wilkes ADAP, Hospice, the Wilkes Art Gallery, Wilkes Babe Ruth League baseball, and Wilkes Flying Club.   In 2010, he was chosen by the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina to receive its highest honor-- the Red Triangle Award--for his many years of leadership and volunteer service to the Wilkes Family YMCA.  

John and his wife, Ann, met while students at UNC, live in Wilkesboro, are members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and have one son, Jonathan Drew Willardson, also a UNC-CH  graduate and  a 2014 graduate of the Charlotte School of Law.

Contact Information: 206 East Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697.  Tel: 336-838-5129   email  website

 

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Town Manager Ken Noland 

Ken has served as Town Manager since 1999. Ken is a graduate of the Appalachian State University where he received a Bachelor of Science and continued his education, where he received his Master of Public Administration from the UNC Chapel Hill. Ken serves at the appointment of the Town Council and acting as Administrative Head of the Town.

Contact Information: Wilkesboro Town Hall, 203 West Main Street, PO Box 1056, Wilkesboro, NC 28697   Tel: 336-838-3951 ext. 231   Fax: 336-838-7616   email

 

 

 

 

 

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Town Clerk James K Byrd 

Jim has served as Town Clerk since December 2010 and Tax Collector since being hired by the Town in December 2003. Jim received an Associate degree in Commerce from Henry Ford Community College and continued his education at Eastern Michigan University before graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Jim received his Certified Tax Collector status thru the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006. He and his wife since 1984, Paula, have two grown sons. He has been a member of Peace Haven Baptist Church since 1979 and serves on many committees.

Contact Information: Wilkesboro Town Hall, 203 West Main Street, PO Box 1056, Wilkesboro, NC 28697   Tel: 336-838-3951 ext 234    Fax: 336-838-7616   email

 

 

 

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