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Mayor & Council

Mayor John O. Gilleland, Jr.


John Gilleland

  The Mayor is the Chief elected official

  of the City of Lincolnton.  The Mayor

  is elected, at large, for a two-year term.

  The Mayor is the presiding officer of the

  Lincolnton City Council.  The Mayor

  votes to break a tie vote and does not

  have veto power.  The Mayor appoints

  members to various municipal boards

  and commissions, issues special

 proclamations, meets with citizens groups, and represents

 the city at various local, state and national meetings.  The

 Mayor serves as the City's Chief Ambassador, meeting with

 dignitaries and business representatives. The Mayor plays an

 important role in the development of Lincolnton's municipal


 Mayor John O. Gilleland, Jr. begins his two-year term on

 December 3, 2009.  He is a graduate of the University of

 North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor's degree and is

 currently the President of Gilleland & Associates, a real

 estate and property management company,  after finishing

a 21-year career as a sales manager with UPS  in 2004. 

Mayor Gilleland has lived in Lincolnton for 42 years.

 He and his wife, Beth Hoyle Gilleland, have three children,  Meredith, John III and Amy, and reside at 119 Labans  Lane.


City Council

Composed of four members, the Lincolnton City Council is the legislative body of the City of Lincolnton. Members are elected at large but must file for election by ward. Two members of City Council are elected every two years, serving four-year terms.

The City Council appoints the City Manager and the City Attorney is responsible for passing all ordinances and resolutions; approves the annual operating and capital budgets; sets the ad valorem tax rate; sets utility rates; make appointments to various boards, commissions, and agencies of the city; and adopts long range plans and polices

City Council Meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm and are held in City Council Chambers located on the second floor of City Hall 114 W. Sycamore Street.


Devin Rhyne, Councilman Ward I



 Mr. Rhyne was elected to City Council

by Special Election in 2010 to represent

 Ward I of the City.  In 1997, Mr. Rhyne

 earned his degree in Political Science with

 a concentration in Education from

 Appalachian State University.  Mr. Rhyne

 works as a Project Manager for Mid-

 Atlantic Construction and has been with

 the company for 10 years.  He and his wife

Shelly have one son, Joby.  They reside at 216 N. Oak Street.


John “Les” Cloninger, Councilman, Mayor Pro-Tem Ward II


John Les CloningerDr. Cloninger was elected to City Council in 1999 to represent Ward II of the City. Dr. Cloninger earned his degree in dentistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After two years in the US Navy he opened his practice in Lincolnton in 1968. He has three children and eight grandchildren. Dr. Cloninger and his wife Cynthia reside at 124 Saddletree Road.


Martin A. Eaddy, Ward III



Dr. Martin A. Eaddy, is a life long resident of Lincolnton. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from UNC Chapel Hill, Masters of Arts degree in Education from UNC Charlotte, Education Specialist degree from Appalachian State University, Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southern University. Dr. Eaddy served 31 years in public education as a teacher, coach, and administrator retiring as Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools after 15 years in that position. He served as president of LM&M Consultants, an education and leadership consulting firm, for 8 years. Dr. Eaddy is married to Jill Stevens Eaddy and they have 2 daughters, Taylor and Kennan.


Larry Mac Hovis, Councilman Ward IV


Larry Mac Hovis

Mr. Hovis was elected to City Council in 1995, to represent Ward IV of the City. Mr. Hovis is retired from Duke Power Company. He and his wife Linda own and operate Lincoln Drapery. They have two daughters, Kenlyn and Allison and four grandchildren. He and Linda reside at 404 Victor Street.