Commissioner Bio

Jeannette Council
Dr. Jeannette M. Council

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1829
Fayetteville, NC 28302
District 1
Term Expiration:
December 2022
Jeannette M. Council was appointed to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners in 2000 and was elected as a District 1 representative in 2002. She has been re-elected every four years since. Her current term expires in 2022. Dr. Council has served four terms as the board’s vice chair and four terms as the board’s chair.

As a member of the Cape Fear Valley Hospital System Board of Trustees, she has served on the Planning Committee, Executive Committee, Compensation and Investment Committee, Nominating Committee and Diversity Practice Committee.

Dr. Council has served as a Board of Commissioner liaison to the Mental Health Board, Cumberland County Action Program, Cumberland County Partnership for Children, Library Board of Trustees, Air Quality Stakeholders Commission, Transportation Advisory Committee, Criminal Justice Partnership Advisory Board, ABC Board, BRAC Regional Task Force, Mayors’ Coalition, Fayetteville/Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and Fayetteville/Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors. She served on the Cumberland County Facilities, Policy and Finance committees and was appointed to the Board of Health and Southeastern Economic Development Commission. Dr. Council served on the Mid-Carolina Council of Government’s Board of Directors and was appointed to serve as chair. In 2018, Dr. Council was designated as an Honorary Trustee of Fayetteville Technical Community College.

Dr. Council served as President of the Women of NACo (National Association of Counties) Network and also served as Secretary and President-Elect. She was elected to the N. C. Association of County Commissioners’ Board of Directors, served as District 6 director 2010-2014 and was elected in 2012 and 2013 to serve a one-year term as an at-large director. She served on the N. C. Association of County Commissioners’ Public Education Steering Committee and Human Services Steering Committee, and on the National Association of Counties Human Services and Education Steering Committee. She was appointed to serve as the co-chair of the NCACC’s Legislative Goals Committee in 2014 and appointed to serve as the chair of the NCACC’s Legislative Goals Committee in 2015. She served as chair of the N. C. Association of Black County Officials’ Scholarship Committee and received the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials’ Outstanding Member of the Year Award in 2015.

Dr. Council has been involved in various professional and civic organizations to include serving as the president of multiple educational organizations; president of the Fayetteville State University National Alumni Association; member of the FSU Foundation Board of Directors; member of the State Board of Community Colleges and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She has served on the N. C. Democratic Party Executive Committee and as a super-delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Dr. Council attended Cumberland County Schools and graduated from E. E. Smith High School and Fayetteville State University. She received an M.S. degree from Indiana University, an Ed.S. degree from East Carolina University and an Ed.D. degree from South Carolina State University. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a fellow of the Duke University Institute of Politics.

Dr. Council’s professional career included positions as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, acting principal, elementary supervisor, curriculum coordinator and federal programs coordinator.

Dr. Council is married to Thomas Council, former president of Council Real Estate, Inc., and has a grown son, Melvin, and a grandson, Thomas Council, III.

Contact Us

117 Dick Street
Room 561
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Phone: 910-678-7771
Fax: 910-678-7770

Chairman: Dr. Jeannette M. Council

Clerk to the Board:
Candice White

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 1829
Fayetteville, NC 28302-1829