I’ve Spent More Than 40 Years in Public Service

I began my service to you in 1971 when I joined the city as an assistant city manager. I’ve been involved in virtually every area of service Winston-Salem provides our residents, from economic development and new job recruitment to operations and public safety.

During my time working with the city I worked with more than 30 companies that relocated or expanded in Winston-Salem, retaining existing jobs and creating new ones.

Bringing Together the Private Sector to Create Jobs

I retired from the City of Winston-Salem in 2000 to become the President of The Winston-Salem Alliance., a non-profit development corporation created to improve economic vitality by bringing private sector funding and expertise together to advance projects that will result in new jobs and a growing economy for our residents.

Honored to Be Elected Mayor In 2001

I was honored to be elected Mayor of the City of Winston-Salem in November 2001 and re-elected in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2016.

As Mayor, I have concentrated on rebuilding the economy and bringing our community together. I have a track record of attracting new companies and creating jobs in Winston-Salem, while maintaining a business-friendly city for existing businesses so they can not only survive, but also expand and thrive.

  • During my time as Mayor, the City has been able to move forward on initiatives to
  • Redevelop our neighborhoods and keep them safe
  • Add jobs by attracting new companies to the city or through expansion of existing businesses
  • Keep our community safe by acting quickly to contain the COVID-19 virus with the Mask the City effort, Stay at Home Order, and other actions in concert with the medical community.
  • Commit to ongoing working relationships with medical centers to protect our assisted living centers from COVID-19 and future viruses.
  • Reduce childhood obesity
  • Protect our environment
  • End chronic homelessness
  • Maintain our tax rate as the lowest of North Carolina’s major urban areas