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Metro Mayors Select Mills as Executive Director

The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition is pleased to announce the hiring of William “Beau” Mills Director as their new Executive Director. Mills, a native North Carolinian with government and public policy experience at the federal, state and local levels, is returning to this position which he previously held 2001– 2008 as the Coalition’s first Executive Director.

“We are thrilled that Beau is our Executive Director as he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the Coalition,” said Asheville Mayor and Metro Mayors Chair Esther Manheimer. “Beau will ensure that we continue to build strong relationships with our partners across the state. With the Metro Mayors Coalition’s 20th anniversary approaching, we look forward to continuing the important work of serving our urban communities throughout North Carolina.”

In addition to his previous work with the Coalition, Mills has served as a program and policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. and with N.C. Governor Jim Hunt’s Policy Office. He has also worked in private consulting and led state congressional offices in NC. Most recently, Mills was the Director of Federal Affairs for UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mills earned his bachelor’s degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of West Florida. He replaces Julie White, who left the Coalition in 2017 to serve as a deputy secretary at the N.C. Department of Transportation.

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The Role of NC Mayors in Responding to Community Crises

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Crises are unexpected, quickly emerging and complex events that are varied in nature. Municipalities face crises spanning a wide array of disasters including natural (e.g. hurricanes), economic-technical (e.g. power failures), social (e.g. riots), and political (e.g. terrorist attacks).

Mayors function primarily as key public communicators in crises. Citizens recognize mayors as trustworthy authority figures. Effective communication requires clear and concise messaging. Mayors must consider both external communication—with the public and press—and internal communication—with staff and municipal agencies. Mayors help set the agenda in allocating resources and determining goals throughout crises.

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