Mayor Mitch Colvin is a native of Fayetteville with a passion for helping to improve the City. He was elected Mayor in November 2017 and is currently serving his Second Term. Prior to that, he served two consecutive terms on City Council as a Council Member for District 3 from 2013-15 and as Mayor Pro-Tem from 2015-17.
In 1995, at the age of 21, Mr. Colvin assumed the operational leadership of Colvin Funeral Home, Inc. He still leads the operation of Colvin Funeral Home, Inc. today, helping residents in their time of need. At the time he assumed control, the company was experiencing significant financial and regulatory distress. Mr. Colvin learned at an early age that being in business is not easy. Over the last 20 years, he has worked to build a strong, community-oriented business, restore goodwill and address remaining legacy issues. Today, his company is a market leader in funeral home service calls. Mr. Colvin believes that hard work and commitment in the face of adversity is crucial to survival in business and life.
Mayor Colvin fully understands the challenges of life. As a young man Mayor Colvin who grew up in the Murchison Road Community, encountered but overcame many of the challenges facing our youth. The Mayor has been a vocal advocate working with Commissioner Charles Evans, District Attorney Billy West, NC Representative Elmer Floyd and Clerk of Court List Scales to help expunge the record of non-violent felons in our community.
The Mayor patiently believes in building a community that works for everyone. He firmly believes the city has to make investments in people.
Since his time in elected office, Mayor Colvin has served in the following capacities:
· Mayor Pro Tem from 2015-2017
· Member of Governor’s Crime Commission 2016-Present
· Chairman of the Baseball Committee
· Chairman of the Gateway Committee
· Co-Chair of the Public Works Commission Negotiation Committee
· City of Fayetteville Representative to Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO)
· 2019 HBCU Living Legend Award recipient
Mayor Colvin’s vision is to help Fayetteville prepare for the future by building a viable work force, investing in infrastructure and expanding our City’s connection to the global economy. He is placing a strong emphasis on economic development; education and training; and the creation of a safe and secure community.
During Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, where Fayetteville bore the brunt of those weather events, Mayor Colvin’s leadership was on full display as he appeared on national and International news outlets (Fox News, BBC, CNN, The Weather Channel, Associated Press and The New York Times, among others) to help inform and calm our community during those crises.
The Mayors 2020 Priorities include:
· Redevelopment and business growth of the Murchison Rd. corridor
· Reduce Poverty and Homelessness in the City
· Increase Supply of Affordable and Market Housing
· Investment in Our Streets, Side walks and Storm Water Systems
Mayor Colvin is also committed to unity in the community by working with other local government organizations on partnerships and projects to improve Fayetteville and Cumberland County. The City and County agreed to an interlocal funding agreement for the new downtown baseball stadium, and PWC also extended a funding agreement with the City on the Franklin Street Parking Deck.
· John Tyler Mortuary College (Associate of Arts in Funeral Service)
· Fayetteville State University (Bachelor of Arts in Sociology)
Service to the Community:
· Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
· Member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
· Appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to the Governor’s Crime Commission in 2017
· Sponsored ordinance requiring a city goal of spending 40% local and small business/minority inclusion in all City contracts
· Leading the way, mayor Colvin established a better working relationship with community partners, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners and Cumberland County School Board. Spearheading monthly meetings to address the Community’s Tier 1 Poverty Status…