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Havelock operates under the Council-Manager form of government where the City Commissioners serve as a board of directors and set policy and direction for the city. This board is led by the Mayor who does not vote on issues unless there is a tie. The Mayor serves as the ceremonial head of the government and presides at all meetings of the Board of Commissioners. He is the official spokesperson for the city.

The Mayor is the chief elected official of the City and serves four-year terms. The Board of Commissioners consists of five members, each elected for four-year terms. Terms of the Commissioners are staggered: three Commissioners are elected during one election and two Commissioners elected two years later. Municipal elections in the City of Havelock are non-partisan and at-large, meaning the Commissioners do not represent districts, but rather serve the entire city population.

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Karen D. Lewis
Karen D. Lewis came to Havelock in 1981, when her husband received orders to Cherry Point. She was re-elected to a four year term to the Havelock Board of Commissioners in 2015. Her goal is to provide much needed commercial and residential growth to the area. Karen would like to ensure that citizen tax dollars are being spent wisely and making Havelock a place to call home and raise our children.

Commissioner Lewis is currently appointed as the Board of Commissioners representative to the Planning Board and the Local Firemen’s Relief Fund.

Daniel Walsh
Daniel F. (Danny) Walsh, IV, was re-elected to the Havelock Board of Commissioners in 2015. He believes that more successful businesses will improve the quality of life for Havelock residents and spread the tax burden more equally among its citizens. He is interested in transportation improvements to increase business and attract more customers to the Havelock area.

Commissioner Walsh came to Havelock in 1964 as a young Marine and made it his home. He has owned several businesses over the years and currently owns “Boone’s Truck Center” with his wife, Ginny, and son, Boone. He served on the Havelock Board of Adjustment for three years and the Planning Board for 11 years. Mr. Walsh currently serves on the boards of Havelock Regional Development Corporation and BB&T Bank. In addition, he is the Craven County representative to the Environmental Impact Review Board at MCAS Cherry Point.

Commissioner Walsh is currently appointed as the Board of Commissioners representative to the Craven County Tourism and Development Authority, Craven County Committee of 100 Alliance and the Military Affairs Committee.

Brenda Wilson
Brenda Wilson was re-elected to the Havelock Board of Commissioners in 2017. Brenda has been a resident of Havelock since 1978. She and husband Mike moved here while Mike was serving in the US Marine Corps, and now, call Havelock Home. Brenda currently serves on the Craven Community College Board of Trustees and the Committee of 100. She has been a Realtor in Havelock for over 30 years “Opening doors to New Beginnings” for many families. Brenda is a member of the Havelock/Cherry Point Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors along with other trade organizations. Brenda believes Havelock needs more successful businesses to attract more customers to Havelock. She assisted in the original planning by the Havelock/Rotary Club on the Waterfront Park, Boat Ramp and Gazebo.

In addition to serving as the Mayor Pro Tem, Commissioner Wilson is currently appointed as the Board of Commissioners Representative to the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation and the Library Board.

 Pete Van Vliet
Commissioner Van Vliet was re-elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2015. Originally from New Jersey, he was stationed in North Carolina at Marine Corps Air Station New River in 1997.  After his tour of duty, he received an Honorable discharge and began working at Fleet Readiness Center East, Cherry Point as an Aircraft Engine Mechanic.  His family moved from Jacksonville to Havelock in 2006, making Havelock their home and never looking back.  The Van Vliet’s are vested in this community in a number of ways. His community service activities include working with the youth of our community by coaching youth lacrosse, cross country, and Junior Varsity basketball at Annunciation Catholic School.  He is also a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Cherry Point Masonic Lodge, Havelock Shrine Club, and Cherry Point Toastmasters Club.

He believes Havelock is a great city that has a lot of untapped potential.  “We need to build a stronger, even more robust city by strengthening the fabric of our community; fostering better relationships with our citizens, families, businesses, the military, and improving community service and interaction through responsible and reasonable legislation.”

Commissioner Van Vliet is currently appointed as the Board of Commissioners representative to the Recreation Advisory Board and the Volunteer Fire/Rescue Committee.

Jim Kohr

Commissioner Kohr was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2017. Born in Georgia to a Navy family and accustomed to moving often, Jim Kohr is delighted to call Havelock “home.” He was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point from 1996 until he was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1998. In 2008, Jim; his wife, Susan; and their two children, moved back to Havelock so he could serve as Pastor of Freedom Baptist Church.
Jim values a strong and thriving community and believes there is a need to attract more businesses while helping current businesses thrive. Jim desires wisdom in every decision effecting the resident of Havelock.

Commissioner Kohr is currently appointed as the Board of Commissioners representative to the Appearance Commission and the Traffic Committee.


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