CARRBORO, N.C. -- Following a comprehensive recruitment effort, the Town Council has selected Wesley Barker as Carrboro’s new town clerk.
Since sworn into service on March 1, 2022, he has been busy organizing his office at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.
“I am excited to join the Carrboro team and begin work with the mayor, Town Council, Town leadership and employees – and all our residents,” Mr. Barker said. “I am happy to be part of the team and look forward to making a difference in this community.”
A native of Ashe County, N.C., Mr. Barker said he was drawn to Carrboro by its reputation as a welcoming, accepting and creative community. He is the former planning director for Ashe County, where he was born and raised. His duties included land use ordinance work and interpretation. While employed by the Town of West Jefferson from 2010 to 2017, he wore several hats including town clerk, human resources officer and zoning administrator.
"Wesley brings several years of experience in municipal and county government to his new role as Carrboro's town clerk,” Mayor Damon Seils said. “We're thrilled to welcome him from his lifelong home in beautiful Ashe County to his new home in beautiful Carrboro."
Mr. Barker obtained the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk from the NC Association of Municipal Clerks. He holds a bachelor’s degree in city/urban, community and regional planning from Appalachian State University and an associates degree from Wilkes Community College. He has served as a board member on the Ashe County Arts Council and the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. He also served a 10-year stint as marketing manager for the Christmas in July Festival in West Jefferson.
“I appreciate the strong sense of community, and a feeling of openness and acceptance from everyone,” Mr. Barker said. “I look forward to delving into the arts and culture scene in Carrboro.”
Photo: Access a high-resolution photo at https://www.townofcarrboro.org/DocumentCenter/View/10797/Wesley-Barker-Photo-
Communication and Engagement Director