Meet Our Commissioners

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Jeff Smart, Chairman


138 Trestle Street
Hamlet, NC 28345
Phone:  910-995-4523
e-mail: jeff.smart@richmondnc.com
Elected: November, 2020
Currently serving 1st term: December 2020-December 2024
 
Occupation:
Owner of Mabry's Drug & Home Care
 
Community Service/Business Affiliations:
Member, First Baptist Church, Hamlet, NC
Member, Hamlet Masonic Lodge
 
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Justin Dawkins, Vice-Chairman


926 Home Avenue
Rockingham, NC 28379
Phone: 910-434-5636
e-mail: justin.dawkins@richmondnc.com
Elected: November, 2022
Currently serving 2nd term: December 2022-December 2026

Occupation:
Operations Director: Marley Engineered Products
 
Community Service/Business Affiliations:
Member, Richmond County Special Olympics Committee
Business Leader of North Carolina Special Olympics Corporation of the Year, 2018
Member, NC Chamber of Commerce Environmental Policy Committee
Director,  Richmond County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Member, Lumber River COG Workforce Development Board
Member, Hamlet Masonic Lodge 532 
Member, Scottish Rite Masonic Body, Charlotte Valley
Member, First Baptist Church, Rockingham
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Rick W. Watkins, Ed.D.,  Commissioner


P.O. Box 1590
Hamlet, NC 28345
Phone: 910-582-4299
e-mail: rick.watkins@richmondnc.com
Elected: November, 2022
Currently serving 2nd term:  December 2022 -- December 2026

Occupation:
Assistant Professor, Wingate University, Thayer School of Education
Educational Consultant

Community/Business Affiliations:
Congregation Council President, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Hamlet, NC
United Way of the Carolinas site leader for the Ballantyne Campus
Coordinator of the Master's Program in Educational Leadership, Wingate University
Member of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators
Member of the North Carolina Professors of Educational Leadership
Member of the Faculty Senate and Athletics Committee at Wingate University
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Toni R. Maples, Commissioner


165 Beane Run 
Rockingham, NC  28379
Phone: 910-206-5595
e-mail: toni.maples@richmondnc.com
Elected: November, 2020
Currently serving 1st term: December 2020-December 2024
 
Occupation:
Teacher
 
Community/Business Affiliations:
Richmond County Chamber Ambassador
Veteran's Day Parade Committee
Habitat for Humanity Women Build Chair
Member, Crestview Baptist Church, Rockingham
Member, Richmond Service League
Pi Omega Pi
National Honor Society for Business Teachers
Rockingham Woman's Club
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Andy Grooms, Commissioner


360 Battley Dairy Rd, 
Hamlet, NC 28345
Phone: 910-417-9244
e-mail: andy.grooms@richmondnc.com
Elected: November, 2020

Currently serving 1st term: December 2020-December 2024

 
Occupation:
Miner, Covia

Community Service/Business Affiliations:
Member, Loyal Order of Moose 1838