Chatham Democrats honor county commissioner Mike Cross

Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Democratic Party (CCDP) honored Chatham County Commissioner Mike Cross for his 12 years of service to Chatham County with a unaminous resolution at the April 16th Chatham County Democratic Party County Convention.

Mike Cross spoke at the the Memorial Day gathering in Goldston several years ago.

Mike Cross spoke at the the Memorial Day gathering in Goldston several years ago.

Cross first won election in 2004 and served three terms as commissioner. In addition to representing Chatham County on numerous committees including the National Association of Counties and the Triangle J Council of Government, Cross was instrumental in founding the Chatham County Affordable Housing Task Force. During his years of service Chatham County maintained a Triple-A Bond Rating.  Cross was party of County boards that supported major capital projects including the new Library, Justice Center, Detention Center, and Agricultural Conference Center. He received the Habitat for Humanity Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

Mike Cross has served on the following national, state, regional and county boards and committees:
• National Association of Counties: Voting delegate (2005-current) Headquartered on Capitol Hill, NACo is the only national organization representing counties in the United States.
• N. C. Joint Legislative Commission on Municipal Incorporations: Appointed by House Speaker Joe Hackney. Served three 2-year terms (’07 – ’12). Make recommendations to the General Assembly.
• N. C. Association of County Commissioners: all 100 Counties. Board of Directors (’05 – ’12), Co-Chair
• Legislative Goals Committee (’08 – ’12), Tax and Finance Steering Committee (’09 – current), Board of Delegates (’05 – current), Chatham Legislative Liaison (’05 – current), Speakers Bureau (’06 – current),
• District 9 Director (Chatham, Orange, Durham, Wake, Lee, Johnston, Moore, (’06 – ’07).
o Premier Legislative Advocacy Award
• North Carolina Joint Regional Forum : TJCOG Delegate ( ’12 – ’14). Advises and advocates for creative regional solutions to statewide issues. Each of the 16 NC COG’s assign one delegate.
• Research Triangle Regional Partnership: (Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren, Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson). A business-driven organization dedicated to keeping the Research Triangle competitive through business, government and educational collaboration. Board of Directors (’11- current).
• Triangle J Council of Governments: (Chatham, Orange, Durham, Wake, Lee, Moore and Johnston)
• Executive Committee (’05 – ’14), Immediate Past Chair (’11 – ‘12), Chairman (’10 -’11), Legislative Goals Committee (’08 – ’12), Vice Chair (’09 – ’10), Second Vice Chair (’07 – ‘09).
• Cape Fear River Assembly: Board of Directors (’12 – ’14), Provides for the highest quality of life possible for the residents of the Cape Fear River Basin through the proper management of the Cape Fear River, her tributaries and adjacent land uses.
• Sprott Youth Center, Moncure: Board of Directors (’11- ‘15). Liaison for 500K Rehabilitation Project.
• Metropolitan Planning Organization: (Chatham, Orange, Durham, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and NC Department of Transportation), Executive Committee (’05 – ’06).
• Regional Planning Organization: (Chatham, Orange, Lee and Moore counties) Chairman (’06- ’07), Executive Committee (’05 – ’07), Alternate Voter (’07 – ’12).
• Orange, Person, Chatham Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Authority: Executive Committee (’05 – ’06), Vice-Chairman (’05 – ’06).
• Regional Mental Health, LME: Vice-Chairman (’06), Executive Committee (’05 – ’06).
• Orange-Chatham Justice Partnership: Executive Committee (’05 – ’06), Co-Chairman (’05 – ’06).
• Chatham County Affordable Housing Task Force: BOC Liaison – Co-founder (’05 – ’06).
Habitat for Humanity Distinguished Service Award
• Home and Community Block Grant Committee: Executive Committee (’05 – ’06, ’11 – current).
• Affordable Housing Committee: BOC Liaison (’11 -’13).
• Solid Waste Advisory Committee: BOC Liaison (’11 – current).
• Chatham Alcohol and Beverage Control Board: BOC Liaison (’06 -’10, ’14-current).
• Chatham Board of Elections: BOC Liaison (’06 – ’10).
• Courts Operation/Security – Judicial District 15B: BOC Liaison (’06 – current).
• Enhanced 911 Committee: BOC Liaison (’06 – ’10).