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Council2015

Pictured left to right: Mayor Pro Tem Albert Yount, Jim Steele, Mayor J.B. Lawrence, Ray Pickett, Sue Sweeting, Doug Matheson

Council Members

116Mayor J.B. Lawrence

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Mayor J.B. Lawrence is a native of Watauga County, and has been a resident of Blowing Rock since 1972. He attended Appalachian State University.

Mayor Lawrence is a member of the Blowing Rock Rotary Club, Blowing Rock Rescue Squad, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Board, High Country Council Government Board, and attends First Baptist Church in Blowing Rock. He and his wife Lynn, have two children and five grandchildren.

Mayor Lawrence has served as Mayor since 1997 and was a member of the Town Council from 1989-1997. His current term will expire in 2017.

191Doug Matheson

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Sworn into office December, 2009, and re-elected in 2013, his current term will expire in December, 2017.

235Ray Pickett

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Sworn into office in December 2013. His current term will expire in December, 2017.

254Jim Steele

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Sworn into office in December, 2015. His current term will expire in December, 2019. Mr. Steele previously served on the Blowing Rock Town Council from December, 2009 through December, 2013.

236Sue Sweeting

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Sworn into office in December, 2013. Her current term will expire in December, 2017.

184Albert Yount

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Albert Yount is a native of Newton in Catawba County, NC and is former chairman of the Catawba County Board of Elections, Chairman of the Hickory Regional Planning Commission and is a retired member of the Newton Fire Department. He served an active duty tour in the US Navy and has a degree in History/Government from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC.

Mr. Yount has been a Blowing Rock resident since 1995. He is a member of the Blowing Rock Historical Society Board and served as a member of the Blowing Rock Planning Board for six years.

Mr. Yount received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine presented to him by Governor Jim Hunt.

Mr. Yount was sworn into office December 2011. He was re-elected in December, 2015. His current term will expire in December, 2019.

The following is an organizational chart that depicts the position and responsibility of the Town Council within the Town governmental structure:

Elected Offical

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