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William Harris, NCLM President

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, Chairman of the Law and Finance Committee, and is currently Chairman 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 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 Chairman 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.

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