League Update: Middleton, Hall and McLeod to Lead NC League

Isabella Mormando, Communications Associate


Durham Mayor Pro Tem Mark-Anthony Middleton will lead the North Carolina League of Municipalities as president over the next year.

Middleton was chosen by representatives from cities and towns across North Carolina with his selection announced in April at the League’s annual conference, CityVision 2024, held in Winston-Salem, NC.

Joining Middleton as officers for the organization are Albemarle Mayor Pro Tem Martha Sue Hall and Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod as first and second vice presidents, respectively, and Fuquay-Varina Commissioner William Harris as immediate past president.

CityVision 2024 included in-depth sessions, presentations and discussions of key topics including citizen engagement, interpersonal work dynamics, employee recruitment and retention, civility, leadership and other key issues facing municipalities.

Middleton’s selection as president follows seven years of public service for the City of Durham. Prior to his elected service, Middleton was already a prominent member of his community as CEO and Pastor at Abundant Hope Christian Church. In addition to his work as a pastor, Middleton served in a leadership position for Durham Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods, one of the most influential grassroots organizations in the city. Middleton attended North Carolina A&T State University and Duke Divinity School.

In his remarks at CityVision, Middleton spoke about his desire to continue to promote the League’s services to all members across North Carolina.

“The North Carolina League of Municipalities is the most authoritative voice for our cities, towns and villages precisely because we focus on what local leaders always focus on—results. I will be a president that leverages relationships on both sides of the aisle to benefit the smallest hamlet to our most bustling city. The menu of services and benefits the League offers to our members is outstanding and I will be a brand ambassador for them from Dare to Cherokee.”

League Executive Director Rose Vaughn Williams said Middleton, through his commitment to local government, will bring strong leadership to the organization.

“We are so fortunate to have Mayor Pro Tem Middleton lead the North Carolina League of Municipalities this year. His enthusiasm and strong belief in the important role local leaders play in the success of the state are an inspiration to all our members,” said Williams.

In addition to NCLM officers, newly-elected members of the Board of Directors, are:

  • Southern Shores Mayor Elizabeth Morey, District 1
  • Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann, District 3
  • Rocky Mount Council Member TJ Walker, District 5
  • Laurinburg Council Member Mary Jo Adams, District 7
  • Lewisville Mayor Mike Horn, District 9
  • Belmont Mayor Richard Turner, District 11
  • Newport Mayor Dennis Barber, at-large
  • Mayodan Mayor Dwight Lake, at-large
  • Charlotte Council Member Marjorie Molina, large city seat
  • Durham Mayor Leonardo Williams, large city seat
  • Greensboro Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson, large city seat
  • High Point Manager Tasha Logan Ford, Municipal Manager
  • New Bern Clerk Brenda Blanco, City Clerk
  • Greenville Attorney Emanuel McGirt, City Attorney