First elected in 2019 and re-elected in 2023, Mayor Sandy Roberson has taken a leadership role on top issues including safer neighborhoods, job training, downtown development, stronger educational opportunities, affordable housing, and the community working together as One Rocky Mount. He is a Rocky Mount native who decided to run for his first elected office to lead the effort for positive change.
Mayor Roberson initiated the legislation that became the Enhance Local Government Transparency law establishing ethic requirements for locally elected officials. Roberson requested NCDOT to conduct a feasibility study to bring microtransit, like Uber or Lyft, to Rocky Mount, as transportation is repeatedly mentioned as an issue to retaining a job. Roberson is a member of the city’s Metropolitan Planning Organization that works to meet the long-range transportation needs of the area.
Mayor Roberson has led initiatives in partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill to reduce crime, as well as support small businesses during the pandemic, and with the Obama Foundation to establish a mentoring and tutoring program for young African American males to increase graduation rates. He is active in pursuing economic development projects to bring jobs and opportunity to this region, with a focus on increasing the low household media income in Rocky Mount.
With his deep experience in business, Mayor Roberson is working with city management to develop and track the city department’s Key Performance Indicators to improve performance with help from the UNC School of Government Performance Measurement project.
Investing in his community, especially in downtown Rocky Mount, Mayor Roberson supports many local charities including the United Way, the Boys and Girls Club, Peacemakers, and My Sister’s House. Each year, he donates his mayoral salary to a local nonprofit. Mayor Roberson is also the President and Founder of the Community Hospice Foundation that donates toward core hospice services to hospice patients, their families, and the community.
Mayor Roberson spotlights local issues and individuals on his weekly TV show, The Mayor’s Brief. In addition, there are few community efforts, individual achievements, or 80+ birthdays he fails to recognize and celebrate. Earlier this year, he reinstated the Rocky Mount Prayer Breakfast on the National Day of Prayer.
Mayor Roberson has more than 30 years of professional experience in the healthcare industry and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He owned and operated one of the largest hospice and healthcare provider companies in the Carolinas - Community Home Care & Hospice - and was CEO of Carrolton Management Company. Mayor Roberson is president of HealthView Capital Partners, a private equity group that invests in healthcare companies.
Mayor Roberson has served on many boards and has been honored as the 2022 Elks Lodge Flag Recipient, the 2021 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Northern District of the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was a Finalist in the NEER Entrepreneur Awards. Roberson is married to the former Jennifer Stone and has four adult children. He graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High, Hampden-Sydney College and is a member of First Baptist Church.