Current County Commissioners

Click on the commissioners listed below for contact and biographical information.

Photo of Commissioner Walter PettyWalter Petty, Chair (District 5)

Mailing Address
: P. O. Box 167,  Bonlee, NC 27213
Phone: 919-200-1940

Walter Petty is a native of Chatham County and is married to Abby. They have three sons, Adam, Jacob, and Jonathan. They currently live on the farm where he was born and raised. He grew up raising poultry, cattle, and hay crops, along with tobacco and other row crops.

He graduated from North Carolina State in 1978 with a degree in agriculture. After school, Walter worked for Bradshaw Supply Co. a family business located in Siler City, serving the agriculture industry. After 15 years in equipment service, sales and management, Bradshaw Supply was sold to a manufacturer in Illinois.

In 1995 Walter started an equipment sales representative business. This agency was responsible for establishing a dealer network in the southeastern portion of the United States. In 2001, he incorporated Atlantic Power Solutions Inc., a generator company providing sales and service to the dealer network he developed. 

LIAISON ROLE: Chairman Petty serves as a liaison to the following local or regional volunteer boards or committees.

  • Board of Health (voting member)
  • Board of Social Services 
  • Chatham Trades Board 
  • Economic Development Corporation Board 
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee

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Photo of Commisisoner Brian BockBrian Bock, Vice Chair (District 3)

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1809, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: 919-533-9807

Brian was raised in a small in town in Indiana. Upon graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Specialist. He served at several commands on the east coast of the United States, including the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy & Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, and the Joint Forces Intelligence Center. He served 10 years active duty in the Navy and 10 years as an Intelligence officer in the Naval Reserve.

Brian is currently a small business owner in the Triangle area where he owns and operates Amante Gourmet Pizza & Taproom. Prior to owning his own business, he worked as an investment professional for 18 years.

In addition to his military service and private sector experience, Brian has a long history of serving his community at the local level. He has been president of his local Jaycees chapter and chaired the Chatham County Republican Party.

Vice Chairman Bock serves as a liaison to the following local or regional volunteer boards or committees.

  • Affordable Housing Task Force
  • Alcohol Beverage Control Board
  • Chatham Partnership for Children
  • Chatham Transit Network
  • Economic Development Board
  • Joint Orange-Chatham Community Action (voting member)
  • Library Advisory Committee
  • Planning Board
  • Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Work First Planning Committee

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Mike Cross Allen Michael "Mike" Cross (District 2)

Mailing Address: 388 Cross Point Road, New Hill, NC 27562
Phone:  (919) 774-3309

A sixth-generation resident of Chatham County, Cross is a retired U.S. Navy Commander and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is married to Nancy Faber Cross and has four children and five grandchildren. In 1988, he retired from the U.S. Navy and returned to his family farm in the Corinth community of Chatham County. 

Commissioner Cross co-founded the Southeast Chatham Citizens Advisory Council and has served that organization in a number of capacities, including President, Treasurer, Environmental Representative, and member of the Board of Directors. He established the Moncure Schools Committee, the Moncure Water District Committee and the Air-Water Quality Summit for the Moncure Industrial Area. In 2004, he was named the Southeast Chatham Citizens Advisory Council Citizen of the Year.

Commissioner Cross earned a from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. His professional work includes:

  • Commanding Officer, Navy Internal Relations Activity, Roselyn, VA
  • Executive Officer, Navy Internal Relations Activity, Roselyn, VA
  • Director, Navy Family Services, Naval District Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • Head, Helicopter Aircraft Accident Analyst Section, Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, VA
  • Administrative Officer, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six, Norfolk, VA
  • Assistant Public Relations Officer, Headquarters Staff, Naval Base, Norfolk, VA
  • Public Relations Officer, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA
  • Public Relations Officer, Helicopter Combat Squadron Six, Norfolk, VA
  • Commander, Attack Helicopter Aircraft, Republic of Vietnam
  • Aircraft Commander, Search & Rescue, Key West, FL

Commissioner Cross is currently affiliated with the following organizations:

  • Co-General Partner, Cross Pointe Apartments Limited Partnership
  • Carolinas Council for Affordable Housing
  • Military Officers of America, Life Member
  • Disabled American Veterans, Life Member
  • Woodmen of the World, Life Member

Commissioner Service: Commissioner Cross was sworn in as a county commissioner on Dec. 4, 2004 and was sworn in for his third term on Dec. 3, 2012.

State, Regional & County Boards and Committees: Commissioner Cross has served or continues to serve on the following:

  • North Carolina Joint Legislative Commission on Municipal Incorporations:
    Appointed by House Speaker Joe Hackney. Served three 2-year terms (’07 - '12). Reviews applications for incorporation, holds public hearings and makes positive or negative recommendations to the NC
    General Assembly.
  • North Carolina Association of County Commissioners--Includes all 100 counties.
       -Board of Directors (’05 - '12)
       -Co-Chair Legislative Goals Committee (’08 - '12)
       -Tax and Finance Steering Committee (’09 - current)
       -Board of Delegates (’05 - current)
       -Chatham Legislative Liaison (’05 - current)
       -Speakers Bureau (’06 - current)
       -District 9 Director (Chatham, Orange, Durham,Wake, Lee, Johnston,
            Moore, ’06 - ’07)
       -Award:  Received NCACC Premier Honorary Legislative Advocacy Award
  • North Carolina Joint Regional Forum
    TJCOG Delegate ( 2012 – current). Advises and advocates for creative regional solutions to statewide issues. Each of 16 NC Councils of Governments recommend a delegate and the delegate is approved by the NC League of Municipalities and the NC Association of County Commissioners.
  • Research Triangle Regional Partnership – RTRP: (Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren). A business-driven organization dedicated to keeping the Research Triangle Region economically competitive through business, government and educational collaboration.
    Board of Directors (’11- current).
  • Triangle J Council of Governments (Chatham, Orange, Durham, Wake, Lee, Moore and Johnston counties)
        -Executive Committee (’05 - '12)
        -Immediate Past Chair (’11 – ‘12)
        -Chairman (’10 -’11)
        -Legislative Agenda Committee (’08 - '12)
        -Vice Chair (’09 - ’10),
        -Second Vice Chair (’07 - ‘09)
        -Secretary/Treasurer (’06 - ’07)
  • Cape Fear River Assembly – Board of Directors (2012 – current)
    Provides for the highest quality of life possible for the residents of the Cape Fear River Basin through the proper management of the Cape Fear River, it’s tributaries and adjacent land uses. The BOD is made up of 39 representatives, including environmental organizations, academia, small business and industry, government (local, state and federal) and the general public.
  • Sprott Youth Center, Moncure: Board of Directors (’11- current)
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization – MPO: (Chatham, Orange, Durham, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and NC Department of Transportation)    
    Executive Committee (’05 - ’06)
  • Regional Planning Organization – RPO: (Chatham, Orange, Lee and Moore counties)
        -Chairman (’06 - ’07)
        -Executive Committee (’05 - ’07)
        -Alternate Voter (’07 - '12)
  • Orange, Person, Chatham Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Authority -OPC:
        -Executive Committee (’05 - ’06)
        -Vice-Chairman (’05 - ’06).
  • Local Management Entity – LME: Regional Mental Health
    Vice-Chairman (’06)
        -Executive Committee (’05 – ’06)
  • Orange-Chatham Justice Partnership:
        -Executive Committee (’05 - ’06)
        -Co-Chairman (’05 - ’06)
  • Chatham County Affordable Housing Task Force:
    Co-founder and BOC Representative (’05 – ’06)
    -Award: Received Habitat for Humanity Affordable Housing Advocacy Award
  • Home and Community Block Grant Committee: Executive Committee (’05 - ’06, ’11 - current)
  • Affordable Housing Committee: BOC Liaison (’11 -'13)
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee: BOC Liaison (’11 - current)
  • Chatham Alcohol and Beverage Control Board: BOC Liaison (’06 – ‘10)
  • Chatham Board of Elections: BOC Liaison (’06 - ’10)
  • Courts Operation/Security – Judicial District 15B: BOC Liaison (’06 - current)
  • Enhanced 911 Committee: BOC Liaison (’06 - ’10)
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee: BOC Liaison (’06 - ’10).

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Jim Elza (District 1)Commissioner Jim Elza

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1809, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: 919-467-5583

Jim Elza served on the Chatham County Planning Board from 2009 until we he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.  He chaired the Planning Board in 2010. 

He is active in the Carolina Preserve planned community in northeastern Chatham, including chairing its Facilities Advisory Committee since 2013.  He has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in many communities, including Chatham County, Durham, Greensboro, Des Moines (Iowa) and Katrina recovery areas.

During his career, Jim served as Director of Planning for Polk County, Iowa and Director of Planning & Development for Guilford County, NC. He also was executive director of the East Central Iowa Council of Governments.

Jim has a Master of Arts in Urban Studies from Minnesota State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Minnesota.  He obtained his certfication from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

He is serving as the county's representative to two key regional transportation planning groups that cover parts of Chatham County. One is the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization and the other is the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization.

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Photo of Commissioner Pam StewartPam Stewart (District 4)

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1809, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: 919-930-1044

Pam Stewart is a Durham County native. Her husband Keith grew up in Pittsboro and is a Chatham County native. They live in the Silk Hope community of Chatham County. Keith works for PSNC Energy in Chatham County. They have three grown children, two daughters and one son, as well as seven grandchildren.

Pam is a member of Faith Baptist Church in Siler City.

Professional: Pam works for Bayer CropScience in Research Triangle Park, NC, where she works in Corporate Communications as Web Communications Manager. She has worked in the Life Science/Agriculture industry for 22 years, with the past 15 years specifically focused on web technology.

As Manager of Web Communications, she leads a team of professionals focusing on new technology and development.

In addition to my technology role, Pam spent several years studying leadership
principles, employee engagement and building high performance teams. She is a certified facilitator in Crucial Conversations and teaches dialog skills to employees within the organization.

As a strong supporter of science education, she organized a local volunteer group for Bayer’s “Making Science Make Sense,” a science education reform program that promotes science education in area schools through hands-on training and education.

She has received several industry related awards for Technology Innovation and Volunteering.

Hobbies:  Pam's hobbies include baking, reading, design, travel and new technology. 

LIAISON ROLE: Commissioner Stewart currently serves as a liaison to the following local or regional volunteer boards or committees:

  • Agricultural Advisory Committee 
  • Chatham Council on Aging & Regional Aging Council
  • Child Protective Services Review Board 
  • Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee 
  • Recreation Advisory Committee

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Last updated: 4/24/2014 10:21:24 AM