Administration and Management Team
David C. Pugh, Town Manager
The Town Manager is the full-time administrative head of the Town, executing policies established by the Town Board of Commissioners and ensuring that all Town ordinances, resolutions, and regulations are adhered to while overseeing the daily work of all departments. The Manager is assisted by the Town Clerk and supervisors of the various departments including Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Finance, and Legal Counsel. The Town Manager’s office is located at Town Hall and office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
David C. Pugh has served in municipal government in North Carolina for over 6 years. He came to Cramerton from the Town of Midland where he served as the Town Administrator for over 5 years. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Elon University and a Master of Public Administration from Appalachian State University.
David is a member of both the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) and the NC City and County Management Association (NCCCMA). David is a graduate of the UNC School of Government’s LGFCU Leadership Fellows Program. He has also completed the Carolina Thread Trail “Trail Master” course. David has previously served in leadership roles at the local and regional levels including Chair and Vice Chair of the Cabarrus-Rowan MPO-TCC, Board Member of the CEDC, and Board Member of the Cabarrus Arts Council.
David was born and raised in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He is married to Bethany and enjoys playing and watching sports (especially baseball), the outdoors and travel.
Town Attorney: Kevin Bringewatt and Karen Wolter
The Attorney is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners. The Board fixes the compensation of the Town Attorney.
Duties of the Town Attorney include:
· Prosecute and defend suits for and against the Town.
· Advise the Mayor, Board and Town officials with respect to legal matters of the Town.
· Attend all meetings of the Town Board.
· Draw all legal documents connected with the affairs of the Town.
· Draw proposed ordinances when requested to do so.
· Inspect and pass upon all agreements, contracts and other instruments.
· Perform such other duties as may be required of him by virtue of the position.
The Town Clerk is responsible for keeping the official Minutes of all Town Board meetings, preparing Town Board meeting agendas, maintaining Ordinances, resolutions, official documents and records on file, and also receiving communications for Town Board consideration. Position also includes payroll and other general administration responsibilities.
Wilene Cunningham was appointed to the town clerk position in 2008 after having been employed as receptionist and collections clerk in 2005. Her previous work experience includes sixteen years of medical case management. Wilene is a graduate of Gaston College where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Executive Secretarial Administration. She is married to John who is retired. John and Wilene have two sons, J.J.and Joshua. Wilene enjoys spending time with her two grandsons, reading, cross stitching and volunteer work with Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity.
Belinda Robinson, Office Technician
Planning Director – Joshua Watkins
The Town Planner provides assistance and direction to property owners, residents, staff and Town Boards regarding the development and use of land. The Town Planner is also the zoning and code enforcement administrator.
Joel F. Lineberger, CPA – Finance Director
Joel Lineberger has served as town finance director since January of 2010. He has a combined 42 year public accounting/corporate finance/governmental accounting background. Prior to joining the town he operated Joel Lineberger Builders and was Vice President of Finance for Atlas Marketing Inc.
Joel is a 1975 graduate of Gardner-Webb College where he earned a B.S. in Business Management and was a member of the Bulldog golf team. He graduated from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 1978 with a B.S. in Accounting. Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1980 Joel is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and a Life Member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs.
A Cramerton native and resident Joel is married to Donna a registered nurse who works in the Pre-Surgical Suite at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. They have two children, Andrew, a local contractor/realtor and Anna an attorney living in Denver, Colorado. Joel and Donna attend South Point Baptist Church. Joel enjoys classic country and bluegrass music, the North Carolina mountains and the South Carolina coast.
Chief of Police – Brad Adams: Chief Adams has been employed with the Cramerton Police Department for 11 years. Chief Adams began his career as a reserve officer with the department before accepting a full-time position. Chief Adams is responsible for the operation and supervision of the department’s investigative functions; including Juvenile Resource, Code Enforcement, Minimum Housing, Internal Affairs and ABC Enforcement. In addition, Chief Adams oversees the department’s crime prevention function, training function, and supervises the department’s Special Operations Response Team.
Chief Adams holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Commission. Chief Adams will complete his Investigations Certification from the North Carolina Justice Academy in 2014 and is also pursuing his A.S. in Criminal Justice from Stanly Community College. Chief Adams holds an Instructor Certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission with specialty instructor certifications in firearms and subject control tactics.
Neill Jones, Support Services Captain: Captain Jones has worked for the Cramerton Police Department for 10 years. Before accepting a position with Cramerton Captain Jones worked as a deputy for the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office. Captain Jones holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Stanly Community College and a B.S. in Organizational Administration from Mountain State University. Captain Jones graduated with his Master’s in Criminal Justice from Liberty University. Captain Jones held the position as the department’s K9 handler for 5 years with his partner “Brax”.
Captain Jones holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification. He holds both general and specialized instructor certifications from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Commission and the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. Captain Jones is a credentialed paramedic in North Carolina as well as a certified tactical medic.
Corey Debbold, Patrol Captain: Captain Debbold has worked for the Cramerton Police Department for 9 years. Sergeant Debbold holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Western New England College, an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification as well as both general and specialized criminal justice instructor certifications from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. Captain Debbold holds a specialty instructor certification in physical training.
Captain Debbold is currently assigned as a patrol supervisor and previously worked as the department’s code enforcement officer.
Lance Foulk has 32 years of experience in the fire service and has been the part time Fire Chief of the Cramerton Fire Department since September of 2011. Lance also works full time as the Division Chief of Training for the Charlotte Fire Department where his responsibilities also include the management of the Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard and the Charlotte Fire Department Pipes and Drums band. Lance grew up in Belmont and graduated from Appalachian State University in 1992 with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. Lance also graduated in 2000 from Central Piedmont Community College with an A.A. in Fire Protection Technology. Lance is a member of the NC Association of Fire Chief’s and the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association. Lance has also received the Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety and Excellence. Lance is a NC Level II Fire Instructor with specialty certifications in live burn, RIT, LP Gas, and SCBA. Lance also serves as an instructor at the NC Breathing Equipment School held at Gaston College yearly. Lance lives in Cramerton and is married to Leslie who works at US Airways and has two daughters, Taylor and Campbell. Lance and his family also attend The Pointe Church in Belmont.
Assistant Fire Chief – Barry Wilson
Barry Wilson has 27 years of experience in the fire service and has been the Assistant Chief of the Cramerton Fire Department since May 2012. Barry also works full time as a Captain on Rescue 1 at the Gastonia Fire Department. Barry graduated from South Point High School in 1987. Barry also graduated from Gaston College in 1996 with an A.A. in Fire Protection Technology and a additional A.A. in Emergency Preparedness. Barry is a NC Level II Fire Instructor with specialty certifications in live burn, LP Gas, RIT, SCBA, Hazardous Materials, Trench Rescue, Confined Space, High Angle Rescue and Structural Collapse. Barry also serves as an instructor at the NC Breathing Equipment School held at Gaston College yearly. Barry lives in Cramerton and is married to Stacey who owns The Dance House dance studio and has one child, Maddy.
Captain – Travis Williamson
Travis Williamson has 12 years of experience in the fire service. Travis also is a full time Firefighter for the City of Belmont. Travis has certifications in EMT, Firefighter II, Fire Officer I, Driver/Operator, and Rescue Technician, and Hazardous Materials Operations. Travis graduated from South Point High School in 1995. Travis lives in the Belmont area with his wife Kim and 3 kids Courtney, Travis and Shannon Williamson.
Captain – Alex Hardee
Alex Hardee has 10 years of fire service experience starting his career in 2007 with the Belmont Fire Department as a volunteer. In 2009, he was hired into a full-time position with the Belmont Fire Department. In 2014 he was promoted to Captain at Belmont Fire Department and is still serving in that aspect to this day. Alex graduated high school from Highland School of Technology in 2008 and moved on to a fast track to obtaining a career in the fire service. In addition to completing his A.A. in Fire Protection Technology at Gaston College, he has completed Fire Officer I and II and is a NC qualified instructor. He holds certifications in Structural Collapse, Vehicle Motor Rescue, Rope Technician, Aerial Operator, Driver Operator, Emergency Vehicle Driver, and is a NC Emergency Medical Technician. Alex has also participated in the NC Breathing Equipment School at Gaston College. Alex lives in Cramerton with his wife Erica and has been a part of the Cramerton Fire Department since 2012.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Director – Rodney Baker
Rodney Baker has been in local government for 21 years, the first five years with the City of Belmont where he learned how to run backhoes, tractors, and received his Class B CDL license. He came to work for the Town of Cramerton on December 16, 1996 where he worked under Bill Eckard until he retired in 1999. That is when he was put in a Supervisor role and still works hard today to live up to this great obligation.
He was born May 13, 1968 at Gaston Memorial Hospital and was raised in Belmont by his mother, Carol Baker, from Lancaster, SC and late step-father, Gary Cason, from Belmont NC. He has three brothers, Timmy, Kenny, and David and one sister, Elaine.
His hobbies are shooting pool, golf, fishing, watching sports, and going to flea markets. He is a member of the Belmont Moose Lodge, Sons of the American Legion and Super Raiders Club where he works hard to support our local communities and charities.
PARKS AND RECREATION:
Eric Smallwood has been in local government parks and recreation in some fashion his entire life. As early as fifteen held various positions from camp counselor to sports official and field supervisor to playground supervisor. Most recently he was the Director for the Town of Harrisburg, NC for over four years. Eric began his career with the City of Asheboro Cultural and Recreation Services Department as the Program Coordinator of Athletics. Eric graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC with a B.S. in Sports Management with a concentration in Justice and Policy Studies. He has also completed the UNC School of Government Municipal and County Administration Course and Leadership Cabarrus.
Eric has been a member of many community enhancement boards including the 2016 Cabarrus County Community Planning Council, the Cabarrus Wellness Coalition, the Harrisburg Wellness Committee, the Volunteer Committee of Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Culture and Arts Committee, and the Asheboro Area Bikeways and Trails Group. He is also an active member of the National Parks and Recreation Association and the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.
In his free time, Eric and his wife enjoy going to the mountains and getting lost in the woods, hiking and paddling. He volunteers at the US National Whitewater Center and with the Carolina Thread Trail. He also enjoys running and obstacle course racing and is a 2015 World’s Toughest Mudder finisher.
Stephen Craft, Gym Maintenance Supervisor
Stephen Craft has worked for the Town of Cramerton since 1997. He started out as a lifeguard. In 1999 he began his full time career as Gym/Park Maintenance Supervisor. Stephen graduated from South Point High School in 1999.
Stephen’s major responsibilities include: maintenance of athletic fields, maintenance to all facilities and equipment, oversees community service workers, assists in special events, supervises pool staff, assists with athletic events and registrations, and assists director when he is absent.
Stephen is married to Amanda, and they have one son, Landon. Stephen enjoys spending time with family and friends and in his spare time he enjoys playing softball and fishing.
Rachel Andrea, Athletics Supervisor
Eunice McSwain, Special Events Supervisor