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.