Mayor Walker E. Reid, III

Mayor Reid was elected Mayor in November 2017 to a two-year term and re-elected to a four-year term in November 2019.  He is a Gastonia native, a 1975 graduate of Hunter Huss High School and received his A.A.S. Degree in Fire Science Technology from Gaston College. He’s a graduate of the North Carolina Fire College and the North Carolina Fire Prevention School at the Institute of Government, at UNC Chapel Hill.  Mayor Reid is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the R. Kennett Scott Fire Prevention School.

Mayor Reid retired as an Assistant Fire Marshal Fire & Life Safety Educator (23 years) for the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office on November 30, 2009 with a Level III State Certification as Fire Inspector and Level III Life Safety Educator. Prior to this, he was a Firefighter (3 years) and Fire Inspector (6 years) for the City of Gastonia. He was also a Fire Service Instructor at Gaston College (15 years).

He has been married to Doris Hill Reid since March 5, 1978 and has 3 adult children.

EXPERIENCE 

Current Committees:

  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • NC Metro Mayor’s Coalition
  • Gastonia Tourism Development Authority
  • Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council
  • Young Adults of Gastonia Leadership Council

Ward 4 City Council Member:

  • Elected in 1995 and served until 2011 (16 years)
  • Served as Mayor Pro-Tem 4 of 7 terms (1997, 1999, 2003, 2007-2011)

Former City Council Committees:

  • Chairman, Central City Revitalization & Housing Committee 1995 - 2011
  • Vice Chairman, Audit & Bids Committee 1995 - 1999
  • Vice Chairman, Insurance Committee 1995 - 1999
  • Member, Inter-Governmental & Economic Development Committee 1995 - 1997
  • Chairman 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2007, 2007-2011
  • Vice Chairman 2001 - 2005
  • Member, Utilities Committee 1995 - 1997
  • Vice-Chairman 1999 - 2001
  • Chairman 2003 - 2009
  • Member, Personnel Committee 2001 - 2007
  • Vice-Chairman, Equal Opportunity Development Committee 2001 - 2011
  • Member-Awards, Ceremonies & Promotions, 1995 - 1999
  • Vice-Chairman, 1999 - 2001
  • Mayor's Youth Council Liaison, 4/2002 - 2011
  • Member, All America City Team 2000 & 2010

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Image (R&B Band) 2011 - Present 
  • Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame Committee Member 2013-2017
  • Hunter Huss Dawg Pound Alumni 
  • Member of Men's Fellowship 911
  • ​Grand Jury Assistant Fore Person July - December 2015
  • Fore Person January - June 2016​
  • Charter Member of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church
  • Former Board Chairman, Gaston Boys and Girls Club
  • Former Member of Salvation Army Advisory Council
  • Former Member of the Board of Directors, Schiele Museum
  • Former Member of the Advisory Board of the Highland Family Resource Center
  • Founder of C.U.P.P. Communities United for Positive Progress
  • Co-Founder of the Highland Festival
  • Former Board Member of the Upward Highland Foundation

AWARDS

  • Gaston Boys and Girls Club Distinguished Service Award President, Board of Directors - 2003 
  • Upward Highland Foundation Community Service Award - 2009
  • Gaston Highland Foundation Community Service Award - 2009
  • Hope 4 Gaston Community Service Award - 2011
  • NAACP Gaston County Community Service Award - 2012
  • Gaston County Missionary Baptist Association Community Service Award - 2012
  • Gaston County Organization of Concerned Citizens Humanitarian Award - 2013
  • Epsilon Upsilon Chapter Omega Citizen of the Year - 2013
  • Diversified Business Professional Association Board of Director's Excellence Award - 2017
  • KM Elite Circle of Champions Leadership and Excellence Award - 2018
  • Genesis Project Trailblazer Award – 2018
  • I.B.P.O.E.W. Citizen of the Year – 2018
  • G.R.A.C.E. Award for Lifetime Achievement - 2019
  • Gaston Together, Gaston Clergy, and Citizens Coalition Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Award - 2020