Meet the City Council
The City Council acts as the legislative body in establishing policy and law for the City of Graham. The Mayor and Council members are chosen through city-wide nonpartisan elections. The Mayor, elected to a two-year term, serves as the presiding officer at City Council meetings. The four Council members are elected to staggered four-year terms. The board appoints a professional city manager, who provides policy advice, directs the daily operations of city government, handles personnel functions, and is responsible for preparing the budget.
Mayor Jennifer Talley, mother, business woman and graduate from Elon University, returns to serve on the Graham City Council after 10 years. She and her husband own and operate EP Gates Construction and are dedicated to revitalizing and the historic preservation of downtown Graham. She looks forward to working for the citizens of Graham.
Ricky Hall spent the past 25 years in Local Government as a GIS Specialist and Tax Mapping Specialist. He has 20 years experience of serving on various local government boards in North Carolina and Virginia. He moved to Graham in 2004 with his wife Judy. He is now retired and enjoys traveling, woodworking, and attending bluegrass music festivals.
Bobby Chin, a graduate of Louisiana State University and Florida Institute of Technology, was commissioned as a 2LT in 1972 and spent 30 years in the US Army (Active/Reserve) and retired as a Colonel in 2002. He spent 22 years working for Battelle Memorial Institute (a private nonprofit science and technology company) headquartered in Columbus, OH. He has experience as a transportation officer, a logistician, a cost-benefit analyst, an operations research analyst, and a senior research scientist. He moved to Graham in 2019 with his wife Karen. He is now actively involved with ALCOVETS. He looks forward to serving the citizens of Graham as a councilman.
Bonnie Whitaker was born and raised in Raleigh, N.C. and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington on a volleyball scholarship. She joined the U.S Air Force in 1985 where she served 25 years working electronics and avionics on various aircraft and also as an Aircraft Production Superintendent. She has experience in production, planning, scheduling, contracting and quality assurance. She continues to serve the federal government full time since her retirement from the military in 2010, as a quality assurance specialist. She moved to Graham in 2015 because of its small town charm and welcoming feel. She looks forward to serving the people of Graham.