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 am to 5:00 pm, 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.
Bill Brown, Town Attorney
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.
Bill Brown currently serves as the staff Town Attorney for the Town of Cramerton. He has served in that capacity since 2002. Prior to that, Bill was a partner in the Parker, Poe law firm in Charlotte and practiced municipal law for various municipal clients starting in 1983. Bill is experienced in all areas of municipal law. Bill graduated from UNC-CH law school in 1979 and has practiced continuously since then.
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
Interim Planning Director – Dave Pettine
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.
The Finance Director is responsible for all finance and accounting functions of the town.
Joel Lineberger has served as town finance director since January of 2010. He has 38 years of accounting experience including public accounting/corporate and governmental finance. 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. Joel is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. 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 realtor/contractor, 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 – Greg Ratchford
Chief Ratchford has 24 years of law enforcement experience and began his career with the Cramerton Police Department in 1989. Chief Ratchford grew up in Cramerton, attended Cramerton Elementary and Junior High School, and graduated from South Point High School. Chief Ratchford has served the department as a Reserve Police Officer, Patrol Officer, Juvenile Resource Officer, and Sergeant before being promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in 2000 and later promoted to Chief of Police in 2005.
Chief Ratchford holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Stanly Community College, an A.S. in Mortuary Science from Fayetteville State College, a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University and will complete his Master’s Degree in Legal Studies in early 2014. Chief Ratchford is a recipient of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission’s Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and holds a Criminal Justice Investigator’s Certification from the NC Justice Academy.
Chief Ratchford holds general and specialized instructor credentials through the North Carolina Education and Training Standards Commission, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Standards Commission, and the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. Chief Ratchford has instructed law enforcement and EMS courses locally and throughout the state since 1993. Chief Ratchford is a member of the North Carolina Police Executives Association, the North Carolina Chiefs of Police Association, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Development Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Rodney Robinson, Operations Captain: Captain Robinson has been employed with the Cramerton Police Department since 1990. Captain Robinson holds a Tactical Certification from the North Carolina Justice Academy and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training Standards Commission. Captain Robinson was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and to Operations Captain in 2000.
Captain Robinson is responsible for the overall operations of the patrol function of the department. In addition, Captain Robinson fulfills the role as the department’s weapons armorer, quartermaster, and logistics officer. Captain Robinson is an instructor with the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Commission with a specialty instructor certification in firearms.
Brad Adams, Support Services Captain: Captain Adams has been employed with the Cramerton Police Department for 11 years. Captain Adams began his career as a reserve officer with the department before accepting a full-time position. Captain 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, Captain Adams oversees the department’s crime prevention function, training function, and supervises the department’s Special Operations Response Team.
Captain Adams holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Commission. Captain 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. Captain 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 Sergeant: Sergeant Jones has worked for the Cramerton Police Department for 10 years. Before accepting a position with Cramerton Sergeant Jones worked as a deputy for the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Jones holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Stanly Community College and a B.S. in Organizational Administration from Mountain State University. Sergeant Jones plans to graduate with his Master’s in Criminal Justice from Liberty University in 2014.
Sergeant Jones held the position as the department’s K9 handler for 5 years with his partner “Brax”.
Sergeant 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. Sergeant Jones is a credentialed paramedic in North Carolina as well as a certified tactical medic.
Corey Debbold, Operations Sergeant: Sergeant 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. Sergeant Debbold holds a specialty instructor certification in physical training.
Sergeant Debbold is currently assigned as a patrol supervisor and previously worked as the department’s code enforcement officer.
Aaron Black, Operations Sergeant: Sergeant Black has worked for the Cramerton Police Department for 6 years and worked as a reserve officer for the department prior to his full-time appointment. Sergeant Black holds a general Criminal Justice Instructor Certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. Sergeant Black is currently assigned as a patrol supervisor.
Craig Branch, Police Officer I: Officer Branch has worked for the Cramerton Police Department for 6 years and is currently assigned to patrol. Officer Branch is a certified as a police sniper through the North Carolina Justice Academy and fulfills that role on the department’s Special Operations Response Team. Before accepting a position with Cramerton PD, Officer Branch worked as a telecommunicator and police officer with Mount Holly Police Department.
Belinda Robinson, Police Officer I: Officer Robinson began her full-time career with the Cramerton Police Department in 2010. Prior to accepting a full-time position Officer Robinson worked as a reserve officer for the department for 15 years. Officer Robinson is currently assigned as an investigator and is responsible for code enforcement and minimum housing investigations.
Officer Robinson holds an Instructor Certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and is actively pursuing her Criminal Investigator’s Certification from the North Carolina Justice Academy.
Randy Smith, Police Officer I: Officer Smith assumed a full-time position with the Cramerton Police Department in July 2010 when Cramerton Police Department assumed the policing responsibilities of McAdenville. Officer Smith brings with him 18 years of service to the Town of McAdenville and previous experience as a reserve officer with the Cramerton Police Department. Officer Smith holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Gaston College and is currently assigned as a patrol officer.
Dan Harris, Police Officer I: Officer Harris has been employed with the Cramerton Police Department for 4 years and worked as a deputy for the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office for 4 years before joining the Cramerton force. Officer Harris is currently assigned to patrol duties.
Todd Proper, Police Officer I: Officer Proper has been employed with the Cramerton Police Department for 3 years and worked as a police officer for Allied Barton Company Police for 4 years before joining the Cramerton force. Officer Proper is pursuing a B.S. in Information Technology from ECPI School of Technology. Officer Proper is currently assigned to patrol as the department’s K9 officer with his partner “Gage”.
David Beane, Police Officer I: Officer Beane has worked for the Cramerton Police Department for 5 years. Officer Beane worked briefly for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Beane is currenlt pursuing a Criminal Investigator’s Certification from the North Carolina Justice Academy. Officer Beane holds an EMT-B Certification from the North Carolina Department of Emergency Medical Services and a Firefighter I and II Certification from the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal. Officer Beane worked previously for Denver and Shelby Fire Departments as well as Gaston Emergency Medical Services. Officer Beane is currently assigned to patrol and volunteers for the Lincolnton Fire Department.
J. Fulbright, Police Officer I: Officer Fulbright is currently assigned to patrol duties.
M. Pena, Police Officer I: Officer Pena is currently assigned to patrol duties.
J. Howell, Police Officer I: Officer Howell is currently assigned to patrol duties.
Lance Foulk has 26 years of experience in the fire service and has been the part time Fire Chief of the Cramerton Fire Department since May 2012. Lance also works full time as a Battalion Chief in the 5th Battalion for the Charlotte Fire Department where his responsibilities 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 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 are members of South Point Baptist Church.
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 – Kevin Rink
Kevin began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter at Apex Fire Department in 1995. After graduating from Western Carolina University, Kevin began working as a full time firefighter with Apex in 2001. In 2003, he began his career with Charlotte Fire Department where he achieved the rank of Fire Captain and also began volunteering at McAdenville Volunteer Fire Department attaining the rank of Deputy Chief. Kevin has certifications in EMT, Firefighter II, Fire Officer II, Fire Service Instructor, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Driver\Operator, Rescue Technician and Hazardous Materials Operations. Kevin is married and has two children and one child due in November 2012 and lives in McAdenville.
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 8 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 also 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 training in Fire Officer 1 and 2 and has obtained his Level 1 Fire Instructor. He holds certifications in Structural Collapse, Vehicle Motor Rescue, Rope Technician, Aerial Operator, Driver Operator, Emergency Vehicle Driver, and NC Emergency Medical Technician. Alex has also participated in the NC Breathing Equipment School at Gaston College. Alex lives in Cramerton 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 1 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.
Wayne Bridges, Crewmember: Wayne Bridges was born at Gaston Memorial Hospital on May 5, 1974 to Mrs. Cathy Williamson, who raised him along with his stepfather, Darrell Williamson. He is one of four siblings with 1 sister, Katie Angley, and 2 step-brothers, Darrell L Willliamson and Chris Williamson. He has several nieces, nephews and a great niece. He has a daughter, Chelsey Bridges, who was born on October 18, 2000. He met his wife, Crystal, in 2011. She is an EMT for Dallas Rescue Squad. They were married on July 27, 2012. Their baby girl, Savanna Bridges, was born on Thanksgiving Day 2011. He has a step-son, Vincent Melendez, who is 12 years old. He enjoys riding motorcycles, four wheeling, fishing and hunting. He has been with the town since April 1, 2013. He came to the town with Class A CDL License that he received from Charlotte Truck Driving School. He is a man of many trades including tow and recovery and delivery services.
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.
Cristy Busler, Athletics/Special Events Supervisor
Cristy Busler has worked for the Town of Cramerton since 2008 and has been the Athletics/Special Events Supervisor since 2012. Cristy graduated from Belmont Abbey in 2011 with a B.A. in Sports Management with a minor in Psychology.
Cristy’s major responsibilities include: coordinating and supervising youth athletics, coordinating and managing special events, marketing and advertising the town’s events, and answering general questions about parks and recreation. Cristy previously served four years on the Cramerton Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is a member of the Gaston County Fitness and Nutrition Council. Cristy is also a volunteer for the Charlotte Sports Foundation. Cristy is from Gaston County and she enjoys running, fitness classes, hiking, biking, and spending time with family and friends.