About the Board

The county's governing body is the Iredell County Board of Commissioners (the "Board"), which is responsible for formulating policy, directing a number of government services and appointing members of various boards and agencies to implement specific policies or to provide certain services.

The Board appoints a County Manager to serve as the county's chief executive officer. The County Manager serves at the pleasure of the Board, implements its policies, directs business and administrative procedures and appoints most department heads and officials.

Within the commission-manager form of government, in addition to the Board, there are a number of other independently elected county officials who serve as an integral part of the county government. These include the Sheriff and Register of Deeds.

Board Composition
Iredell County’s governing board is composed of 5 at-large members who have either a 4-year or 2-year term. In even-numbered years, elections are held in November for 3 seats on the board. The 2 candidates receiving the largest number of votes are given a 4-year term and the individual receiving the lesser amount receives a 2-year term. Pursuant to state law, Commissioners take their oaths of office on the 1st Monday in December following the election. Generally speaking, this is also the 1st meeting date for the new Board. In addition, the Chairman and Vice Chairman are selected by the Board members at this time.

Board Responsibilities & Duties
  • Adoption of the annual budget and establishment of the tax rate
  • Regulation of citizen conduct through the adoption of ordinances
  • Structures county organization in accordance with state statutes and adopts administrative policy
  • Appoints the County Manager as chief administrator
Clerk to the Board
G.S. 153A-111 provides for the appointment of a Clerk to the Board for each North Carolina county. The Iredell County Clerk to the Board is Retha Gaither. The Clerk serves as the corporate secretary to the Board and maintains the county seal for the purpose of certifying all official documents on behalf of the county. This position is appointed directly by the Board. Mrs. Gaither was appointed as Clerk to the Board in December 2013.
Primary legal duties include:
  • Attending all meetings of the board, including special meetings and public hearings
  • Recording and/or transcribing "full and accurate" minutes of each meeting
  • Preparing agendas for the meetings and notifying Board members, news media and "sunshine list" individuals
  • Recording or filing all resolutions, petitions, contracts, and other legal documents pertaining to county government
  • Maintaining an ordinance book separate from the minute book of the board of commissioners
Retha Gaither
Retha Gaither
Clerk to the Board