Durham County Government congratulates Board of County Commissioners Vice Chairman Brenda Howerton on her securing the second vice president position for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). On Saturday, August 16, 2014, a body of her peers voted in her favor for the statewide office. Howerton announced her candidacy at the 2014 National Association of Counties Annual Conference this summer.
According to Howerton, she looks forward to serving in her new role. “It is my honor and pleasure to be your second vice president,” she said during her acceptance speech at the NCACC Conference in Asheville, North Carolina today. “I promise to work hard on behalf of all 100 counties to advance our issues.”
Howerton, the first Durham County commissioner to be elected to a statewide senior leadership office, will add her new VP status tops her list of many accomplishments including leadership appointments. She began her political tenure when she was elected to serve on the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District Board. She served in this role for six years before she joined the same body that appointed her to the Conservation District when she was voted by the people of Durham to serve on the Durham BOCC in 2008. Howerton quickly hit the ground running with her participation in the Local Elected Leaders Academy offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government. Her matriculation at the academy was well noted as one of the early participants to earn recognition for practitioner, master and mentor levels.
She became vice chair of the Durham County Commission in December 2012.
“We are grateful for Commissioner Howerton offering herself as a candidate for second vice president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners,” said Michael Page, chairman of the Durham County Board of County Commissioners. “She will able represent our community on the state level, which is an honorable opportunity for her to share her skills and expertise with the association. We congratulate Commissioner Howerton on achieving this milestone in her political journey.”
Howerton serves several seats for the NCACC, including vice chair of intergovernmental Relations as well as the President’s Mentoring Initiative Committee. She is also the At-Large Director for the North Carolina Association of Black County Commissioners. She currently serves as chair of the Durham Joint City/County Planning Committee. She also serves on a number of local, state and regional commissioners, including: Transportation Advisory Committee, Audit Oversight Committee, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Durham City-County Committee, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Public Health Board, Workforce Development Board, Museum of Life and Science, and Lincoln Community Health.
Howerton received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Shaw University and earned a certification of Executive Coaching form North Carolina State University.