Mayor Little presented Council Member Clark as the Citizen of the Month for the City of Marion for November, 2017, on behalf of himself and the entire City Council. Mayor Little noted that this was only the second time that the Mayor and all Council Members jointly selected the Citizen of the Month. The first time was in January, 2001, when long-time City Manager Earl Daniels was selected as Citizen of the Month after faithfully serving the City of Marion for 28 years.
Mayor Little advised Council Member Everette Clark was retiring as a City of Marion elected official, after more than 45 years of service as Mayor and Council Member, a tenure unprecedented in Marion and McDowell County and in all but a few cases across the State of North Carolina. Mayor Little said that former Mayor Clark was his mentor when he was first elected to the City Council in 1985. Mayor Little gave an overview of Council Member Clark’s service to the City, the community, the State of North Carolina and local government.
The following is a timeline of former Mayor and current Council Member Clark’s service with the City:
On February 13, 1972 Mayor Albert Neal passed away. On February 22, 1972, the Marion City Council appointed Mayor Pro Tem James Segars as Mayor to replace the late Mayor Neal. This appointment left a vacancy on the Marion City Council.
On March 22, 1972, the Marion City Council appointed A. Everette Clark to fill the unexpired term of the newly appointed Mayor Segars on City Council. On April 4, 1972, Robert Jarrett, Clerk of Court for McDowell County, administered the oath of office to Councilman Clark.
On November 6, 1973, Councilman Clark was elected to City Council with the highest vote total of the four candidates running for Council.
On December 6, 1977, Everette Clark was elected as Mayor Pro Tem by the Marion City Council.
On November 7, 1985, Everette Clark was elected as Mayor of the City of Marion, replacing the retiring Mayor James H. Segars. Mayor Clark was administered the oath of office on December 3, 1985 and served as Mayor for twenty-four consecutive years, until 2009.
Mayor Clark chose to run for Marion City Council in 2009 and was elected in November 2009 and again in November 2013. The voters of Marion have shown their confidence in Everette Clark by electing him to office 11 consecutive times since his initial appointment to City Council in 1972.
Mayor Little stated that, in addition to his 45 years in office, Everette Clark has served the region, state and nation in numerous capacities, including as President of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, Chairman of the North Carolina League of Municipalities Risk Management Service Board of Directors, on the Board of Directors and Advisory Council of the National League of Cities, as Chairman of the National League of Cities Small Cities Council, on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Rural Center and on numerous other local and regional boards. Mayor Little added that, in 2009, then Mayor Clark was a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor bestowed upon North Carolina citizens, awarded to outstanding people for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities.
Mayor Little said that, on December 5, 2017, Everette Clark completes his time as an elected official, after more than 45 years of continuous service, a record for the City of Marion and McDowell County. Mayor Little advised that he, the City Council and the entire community honor former Mayor and current Council Member Clark on his dedicated service and accomplishments for the past 45 years.
Council Members, City Manager Bob Boyette, family and friends all thanked Council Member Clark for his service and dedication to the City of Marion, the State of North Carolina and municipal government.