William H. Harris

 
Board of Commissioners
Title: Commissioner
Phone: 919-552-3293


Mail Address

134 N. Main Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Home: 919-552-3293
Fax: 919-552-6994


Bio
With more than three decades of experience as an elected official, William H. Harris has a keen understanding of local government, politics, and public service.

After growing up in Fuquay-Varina and graduating from Fuquay Consolidated High School, Bill earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University.

While in office as a Town Commissioner, Bill has served two terms as Mayor Pro Tem, Chairmen of the Law and Finance Committee, and is currently Chairmen of the Public Works Committee. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Shaw University where he taught in the Public Administration Department. He has received numerous awards for his service to the public, most notably, the Outstanding Citizenship Award presented by the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, the Political Service Award given by the Garner Road YMCA and the Political Achievement Award presented by the National Pan- Hellenic Council of the Greater Raleigh Area.  

In addition to his duties as a Commissioner, Bill was recently elected to the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) Board of Directors and serves as Co-Chairman of the Tax and Finance Sub-Committee. Bill also works with the Department of Human Services as a member of the Community Engagement and Empowerment Team. The team focuses on empowering communities and individuals to achieve their fullest potential through a commitment to community inclusion.  

Commissioner Harris is a member of First Baptist Church and has served in various roles to include, Sunday School Teacher, Church Treasurer and Chairmen of the Deacon Board.  He is a 32 Degree Mason and member of the Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.  

Mr. Harris loves to play the trumpet and the game of golf. He and his wife Meta reside in Fuquay-Varina where they’ve raised three children and are currently the proud grandparents of six beautiful grandchildren.

Board of Commissioners Duties and Responsibilities
  • Recruiting, selecting, and hiring a Town Manager and recognizing the role of a professional manager to serve the governing board as a whole
  • Establish the general framework under which the Town can meet the needs of the community
  • Appoint a Town Attorney
  • Set direction by clarifying the Town's mission and purposes and by setting goals for the short and long term
  • Adopt policies and ordinances
  • Engage in strategy development (annual retreat)
  • Understand its own legal and ethical responsibilities
  • Enhancing the Town's public image
  • Provide citizens opportunities to respectfully comment on public issues
  • Making sure that resources are adequate to serve the public and are used for their intended purposes
  • Channeling communications appropriately to the Town Manager
  • Expecting staff to make independent and objective recommendations

Current Term
  • December 2019-2023

Previous Terms
  • January 1987 - Appointed by Town Board to serve out a 4-year term ending December 1987
  • December 1987 - Elected to Town Board to serve out 2-years of a 4-year term
  • December 1989 - Elected to Town Board to serve 4-year term
  • December 1993 - Elected to Town Board to serve 4-year term
  • December 1995 - Elected by Town Board as Mayor Pro-Tem for 2-year term
  • December 1997 - Elected to Town Board to serve 4-year term
  • December 2001 - Elected to Town Board to serve 4-year term
  • December 2005 - Elected to Town Board to serve 4-year term
  • December 2007 - Elected by Town Board as Mayor Pro-Tem for 2-year term
  • February 2010 - Appointed by Town Board to serve out a 4-year term ending December 2011
  • December 2011 - Elected to Town Board to serve 4-year term
  • December 2015 - Elected to Town Board to serve 4-year term
  • December 2019 - Elected to Town Board to serve 4-year term

Current Town Board of Commissioner Committees
  • Public Works Committee, Chairman
  • Public Safety Committee, Member

 

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