Mayor Jerry Peterman is a lifetime resident of Graham. After graduating from Graham High School in 1967, Mayor Peterman spent the next four years aboard the USS Hancock CVA 19 in the Tonkan Gulf of Vietnam where his responsibilities were ship safety and fire fighting. After being honorably discharged in 1972, Mayor Peterman started a career with the Graham Fire Department that lasted 30 years until his retirement on April 1, 2002. The Mayor still remains a part of the Graham Fire Department as a volunteer fire fighter.

The Mayor first ran for public office in 2003 and was elected to the Graham City Council and served the next two years as Mayor Pro Tem. In 2005 Mayor Peterman was the first person to be elected Mayor of Graham by the citizens of Graham since the 1950’s when the City Council would appoint one of its’ own members as Mayor.

In addition to his Mayoral duties, Mayor Peterman is a member of the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities, serving as Chair Person in 2009. Mayor Peterman is , a member of the Graham High School Boosters Club – announcing football, basketball and girls softball games for GHS, a founding member of the Veterans Parade Committee, a member of the Graham Optimist Club and a member of the City of Graham Audit Committee.

Mayor Peterman has been married to Jan Brantley Peterman since 1974 and they have one son, Dr. Jeremy (Rachel) Peterman and one grandson, Henry of Mesa, Arizona. The Mayor is a Deacon and lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Graham.

The Mayor believes that he has a duty to the citizens of Graham to represent them in an open fashion with their best interests in mind. Being active in the community of Graham keeps the Mayor busy and gives citizens access to him and the City.


Melody Wiggins graduated from Appalachian State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration and a Minor in Business Administration.  She served three municipalities as Director of Parks and Recreation over her 35 year career in local government.  She retired from the City of Graham in 2017, having served as the Director of Recreation and Parks for over 21 years.  During her career with the City of Graham, she successfully secured numerous financial grants and gifts for the City.

She has been an instructor at the UNC School of Government and UNC-Greensboro, as well as a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities throughout North Carolina.  She has received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Appalachian State University, the Distinguished Service Award from the NC Parks and Recreation Directors Association, the Meritorious Service Award from the North Carolina Recreation and Park association and the Distinguished Service in Sports Award from the Alamance Sports Development Council.

Melody has also been a referee and umpire in three different sports for 35 years, serving at the highest level of high school and college athletics.  This includes numerous post season appearances with five high school championships, eleven post season appearances and one National Championship in the NCAA.  She has been recognized by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for Distinguished Service on two separate occasions.

Melody looks forward to being involved in serving the Graham Community and focusing on the continued development and success of the city that she has loved and served.