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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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Brenda Wilson, Mayor Pro Tem
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 Military Affairs Committee.

Daniel Walsh
Daniel F. (Danny) Walsh, IV, was re-elected to the Havelock Board of Commissioners in 2019. 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, Highway 70 Corridor Commission and Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow.

Jim Kohr

Commissioner Jim 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 Jim Kohr is currently appointed as the Board of Commissioners representative to the Recreation Advisory Board and the Eastern Carolina Council of Government.

Joshua D. Kohr
Joshua D. Kohr was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2019. Josh was born aboard MCAS Cherry Point and raised in North Carolina. Living in Havelock since 2008, he has a passion to see Havelock grow and reach its full potential. His involvement in politics began in 2014 by helping in a few political campaigns and embarking on a multiyear (informal) study of America’s founding documents. In 2015, he continued learning by serving as a House, Senate, and Governor’s Page and working as a field representative for Susan B. Anthony List. Mr. Kohr worked to pay his way through college and graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Pensacola Christian College in 2019. After college, he has been working his way upward through management positions in Havelock. He is a member of Freedom Baptist Church and is involved in the community.

His biggest priority is to help cast a unified comprehensive vision for the City and to shape better communication between the Board of Commissioners and the citizens of Havelock.

Commissioner Josh Kohr is currently appointed as the Board of Commissioners representative to the Planning Board and Library Board.

Karen Lewis
Karen Lewis was elected to the Havelock Board of Commissioners in 2011 and 2015. She was appointed to fill a vacancy on September 14, 2020. Her interests include the growth of Havelock, the welfare of local businesses, and the youth of our great city.

Karen moved to Havelock in January 1981 when the Marine Corps transferred her husband, George, to MCAS Cherry Point. She has called Havelock home ever since and has worked in the food industry and fulfilled her dream of owning and operating her own restaurant. This experience provided incite and understanding of local businesses.

Over the years, she has been very active in Havelock Youth Sports serving several administrative roles within Pop Warner Football, Havelock Youth Soccer League, Havelock Little League Baseball, and Havelock Babe Ruth Baseball. Karen has also served on the Appearance Commission, Planning Board, Recreation Advisory Board, Volunteer Fire/Rescue Committee and the Senior Advisory Board.

Karen has been married for 43 years with 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandsons. She is a longtime member of Community Baptist Church in Newport, NC. She serves by teaching Sunday School, as an Awana Clubs Leader, in addition to heading up the hospitality team.

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