I believe in leading through a committee process and have established several council committees for input and guidance to the council to better inform the group throughout the decision making process. The success of this type of leadership is evidenced by our outcomes. I believe that through simpler, more user-friendly policies, we can build the economy and improve the quality of life for all of our residents.
Since being sworn-in as Mayor in December 2013 as Fayetteville’s 35th Mayor, Fayetteville has become the envy of many southern cities. In less than three and a half years, our city has accomplished more than any other administration in recent history. The following are some of the highlights:
- Reduced our property crime by 24%
- Set the environment for the addition of thousands of jobs in and around Fayetteville
- Recognized by the White House for eradicating veteran homelessness
- Set the environment and removed hurdles for more private development
- Built the first swimming pools in Fayetteville since 1948
The $1.8 million pool at Westover Recreation Center
- Partnered with Fayetteville State University to establish a Farmers Market
- Re-establishment of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council
Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council's New Building
- Partnership with the county to establish the new Economic Development Corp.
- Partnership with the Houston Astros to bring Minor League Baseball back to Fayetteville
Lease-Signing for Houston Astros new stadium in Fayetteville
The building of the baseball stadium is anticipated to generate considerable new spending and a resulting economic impact on an annual basis amount to $7.2 million in annual economic output, $1.7 million in annual labor income and $365,000 in additional taxes.
- Hired the first African-American as Fayetteville's City Manager
- Experienced the first unanimous vote in a decade that approved our annual budget
- Co-chaired the Opioid Addiction Task Force with VA Director Goolsby
- Partnered with Fort Bragg to host the annual All American Marathon
- Expanded FAST bus routes and opened the new Multi-Modal Transit Center
Construction is underway on the new FAST Center
- Reestablished the City/County Liaison Committee with the County Commissioners
- Opened a forensic laboratory with the county in a public/private partnership
- Established with the Chamber the Mayor’s Small Business Award
Presenting Al Florez and Channing Walker of The Walker Florez Consulting Group with the Mayor's Small Business of the Month Award
Presenting Mr. Bill Bowman and staff at F&B Publications with the Mayor's Small Business of the Month Award
- Appointed the first African American female to the Public Works Commission
- Changed the zoning along the Cape Fear River to protect our natural resources
- Established a monthly meeting with the Fayetteville's clergy to build community relations
Presenting Rev. Brian R. Thompson, Sr. the Longleaf Pine Award
- Residents approved a 35 million dollar Parks Bond package for the first time ever
- Approved a twenty-five million dollar expansion/improvement to our Airport
I have never forgotten I was elected as a public servant and more specifically to do a job. A job to improve our city and be proper stewards of the tax money we receive. Understanding this, my focus has been on policy and not programs. I pledged to you to do the right things, for the right reasons. Without exception, I feel that I have stood by that pledge, building relationships, but being more concerned with successful outcomes.
I want my administration to be remembered for improving our business culture, enhancing the quality of life for all of our residents and one that proactively addressed the hard issues without procrastination. I know the initiatives we have supported and the projects we have worked on will continue to improve our city and make Fayetteville more competitive. We will also be more attractive to outsiders who may want to invest in our community with jobs and businesses in the future.
With so many of these projects in the works, it is imperative that our mayor continues to share the same vision of building our economic base and jobs through policy, making our community safer and recognizing that Fayetteville is rebuilding its reputation to be competitive with other cities along the East Coast.
It is with great honor and humility that I again ask for your support to continue serving as Fayetteville’s Mayor. We as a community have come so far in three and a half years. I know the next two will be even greater. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the community Kim and I love so much! You have my commitment to continue on a path that will have a positive impact on our children and grandchildren for decades to come.