Our History

Realizing the need for an association for zoning officials, a small group of six persons mailed a letter of inquiry to all jurisdictions known to have zoning regulations following a meeting in Charlotte. Due to an overwhelming response, an organizational meeting was held on September 17, 1980. At this meeting, a temporary slate of officers was elected.

A subsequent meeting was held the following November during which organizational bylaws were drafted and names for the association were discussed.

On January 16, 1981, at a meeting held at the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill, the “North Carolina Association of Zoning Officials” was founded and its constitution adopted.

Download NCAZO Constitution 


NCAZO Past Presidents 

We would like to thank the below listed Past Presidents for their dedication and leadership.
(H) – Honorary Member

Year

Name

Jurisdiction

1981-1982
Sam Liner
Mecklenburg County
1982-1983
Archie Andrews (H)
City of Greensboro
1983-1984
Kathy Tatum
City of Fayetteville
1984-1985
Gary McDaniels
City of Asheville
1985-1986
Dale Long (H)
Mecklenburg County
1986-1987
F. E. Icenhour
Cabarrus County
1987-1988
Davy Mitchell
City of Graham
1988-1989
Ron Milburn
Catawba County
1989-1990
Hardy Watkins (H)
City of Raleigh
1990-1991
Robert Brandon
Mecklenburg County
1991-1992
Jan Woodside (H)
Amity Development Services
1992-1993
Linda V. Staab
Town of Morehead City
1993-1994
Michael Downs (H)
Cabarrus County
1994-1995
John C. Marshall III
Mecklenburg County
1995-1996
Andy Thomas (H)
City of Greenville
1996-1997
Sam Laughter
Henderson County
1997-1998
Joy Richards
Town of Southern Pines
1998-1999
Wendell Holland
City of Asheboro
1999-2000
Brent Graybeal
Watauga County
2000-2001
Bernard George
City of New Bern
2001-2002
Brownell Wright (H)
City of Henderson
2002-2003
Larry Odom (H)
Nash County
2003-2004
Fred Featherstone
Town of Manteo
2004-2005
Penny Tysinger
Cape Fear Council of Gov.
2005-2006
Michael M. Sandy
Stanly County
2006-2007
Joey Lea
City of Burlington
2007-2008
Gary Ouellette
City of Jacksonville
                 2008-2009
Geoffrey Pearson
Wake County
                 2009-2010
Loray Averett
City of Greensboro
                 2010-2011
Kevin Medeiros
City of Wilson
                 2011-2012
David Sudderth
Stokes County
                 2012-2013
Ron Smith
Gaston County
  2013-2014 Brian Sifford Mecklenburg County
  2014-2015
Grace Smith
Durham City-County
   2015-2016 Sean Tencer Town of Elon
   2016-2017 Angela Birchett Chatham County

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