Joseph L. Gibbons, Mayor


Mayor: 2011 to present

Mayor Pro Tem: 2007 to 2011

Council Member: 2005 to 2011


  • Owner of Gibbons Electric Company/Gibbons Associates, Retired


  • Graduate of Lenoir High School, 1970
  • Bachelor of Science 1974 Appalachian State University
  • UNC School of Government Advanced Leadership Corps
  • UNC School of Government & North Carolina League of Municipalities
    Local Elected Leaders Academy Mentor

Current Boards & Affiliations

  • Appalachian Former Athletes Association Board Director & Past President
  • Appalachian Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chairman
  • Appalachian State University 1899 Legacy Society
  • Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation Community Leaders Council
  • Caldwell UNC Healthcare Board of Directors, Chairman
  • Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame Committee
  • Caldwell County Schools Hall of Honor Committee
  • Caldwell Community College Foundation Board of Directors & Executive Committee
  • City-County Coordinating Committee
  • Foothills Regional Airport Authority Board Chairman
  • First Baptist Church of Lenoir Life Deacon
  • Gibbons Award Namesake, the Gibbons Award Honors Extraordinary Contributions to Downtown Lenoir, NC
  • Hibriten Masonic Lodge Number 262
  • Impact by the Rotary Club of the Foothills Charter Member
  • L.A. Dysart Caldwell County Man of the Year Award Recipient 2019
  • Lenoir Business Advisory Board
  • Lenoir York Rite Bodies
  • North Carolina Blackberry Festival Hall of Fame Inductee 2019
  • North Carolina League of Municipalities Legislative Policy Committee
  • North Carolina League of Municipalities Risk Management Board of Trustees & Executive Board, Chairman
  • North Carolina Mayors Association Board of Directors Chairman
  • North Carolina Mayors Association Charter Member 
    and Original Board of Directors Member
  • North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine Recipient 2016
  • Oasis Shriners District Representative
  • The James C. Harper School of Performing Arts Loving Lenoir Special Tribute Award Recipient 2016
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments Policy Board & Executive Committee, Vice-Chairman
  • Wigbank of Caldwell County Heart in Hands Award Recipient 2013
  • Yokefellow of Caldwell County Board of Directors

Past Boards & Affiliations

  • Appalachian State University Alumni Council Advisory Board Director
  • Appalachian Yosef Club Advisory Board Director
  • BB&T Bank Advisory Board Director
  • Caldwell Rotary Club, Charter Member
  • City of Lenoir Planning Board
  • City of Lenoir Board of Adjustments
  • Caldwell County Chapter Appalachian Yosef Club President
  • Caldwell County Library Task Force Committee
  • Hibriten High School Men's Tennis Head Coach
  • Hibriten High School Athletics Booster Club President
  • Lenoir Economic Development Board Chairman
  • Lenoir Little League Baseball Manager, League Officer, Board of Directors
  • Lenoir Optimist Club Board Director
  • North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Mayors Association Board of Directors Vice Chairman