During the campaign, 86% of voters said they want the Mayor to work to unite the city. Here is the Mayor's leadership plan for the first 100 days.

• Hold a Public Education Community Summit with local elected officials, school board members, business leaders and education advocates to create a unified plan to fix our schools

• Meet with the Governor and the Department of Public Instruction to discuss funding options to improve our school’s budget and operations

• Meet with our State Legislators to discuss funding options for our local schools

• Conduct meetings with our higher education officials, inviting their input and advice on workforce training programs to assist our under-employed and unemployed adults who want to get back into the job market; look at ways to advance our community colleges and university

• Meet with the NC Secretary of Commerce and regional economic developers and industrial recruiters – develop new strategies and tactics for job recruitment and new business development

• Begin a new marketing and advertising campaign, promoting Rocky Mount to regional and national economic developers and business location experts

• Appoint a Citywide Task Force to begin work on restoring Rocky Mount’s Main Street accreditation – a prestigious economic development tool

• Work with the City Council to approve additional funding to pay overtime, so the Police Department can immediately put more officers on patrol in high crime neighborhoods

• Coordinate with the Chief of Police and City Manager to increase the number of sworn officer positions in the Rocky Mount Police Department; prepare a comprehensive plan for review during the budget process in May and June 2020; look at officer training programs to provide opportunities for career advancement and better skill sets to provide in their jobs

• Work with our county Sheriffs to look at collaborative efforts to reduce violent crime and illegal drugs in our city

• Review technology and information systems that can improve neighborhood safety and security such as street level cameras and crime tracking systems that can be used to assist police officers in their patrol efforts

• Meet with our Parks & Recreation staff and advisory council and park advocates to develop a comprehensive strategy to expand the city’s after-school programs providing more opportunities for our children to have a safe place to play and study after they leave school – keeping them safe and off the street

• Work with our Agricultural Extension teams in Nash & Edgecombe to energize the 4-H program for local youth

• Appoint a Major City Task Force to lead citizen input for our Schools & Jobs Policy Program

• Request a financial review from the NC State Treasurer and the Local Government Commission to review our budget, our cash-flow, our reserve accounts and our debt service

• Appoint a Citizen Advisory Committee to provide input and advice on the City’s annual operating budget; allowing more engagement and transparency

• Issue a Mayor’s Proclamation on Accountability and Transparency at City Hall

• Begin a positive, constructive working relationship with the City Manager & Chief Financial Officer

• Meet with City Employees in departmental meetings to hear what they have to say to better understand their concerns and their needs as they provide service to our citizens
• Host a City Employee Breakfast on Valentine’s Day to let our City Staff members know how valuable they are and to let them know their work for the city is appreciated
• Review current employee training programs to improve citizen service

• Appoint A Citizen Advisory Panel to review city policies and regulations – looking for ways to improve city services and citizen service

• Work with Planning & Zoning to improve and streamline the permitting process for contractors, business owners and private citizens who may need building permits for new construction and renovation projections

• Initiate the Clean Sweep Program – this will be designed to coordinate with community groups and volunteers to clean up litter and trash across the city; we will work to improve the city’s appearance by clearing dilapidated properties that are not maintained; look at efforts to improve the city’s beautification effort with landscaping and art projects

• Meet with the NC Secretary of Transportation to look at transit and transportation projects in our city and region

• Meet the Mayor on Transit will be a regular effort to ride public transportation to meet and talk with citizens about our transit system and how its working

• Kick off a Ride with an Employee program – spending time with our city employees as they execute their duties for our citizens

• Conduct Town Hall Meetings in every ward of the city during the first 100 days

©2020 by Mayor Sandy Roberson. 

Photography by Garry E. Hodges and Lifeexposed by Lindsey Williams.