Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant and Council Members Doug Wilson and Dianne Berry were sworn in for a new term on Kannapolis City Council, and Jeanne Dixon was sworn in for her first term on Council at the Kannapolis City Council meeting Monday December. 13.
This is Mayor Darrell Hinnant’s third term as mayor. He received a BA and MAT in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Certification in Executive Management from Duke University. He was the executive director of a state agency commission dealing with environmental issues. Mayor Hinnant received the Order of the Longleaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest public service honor, from Governor James Martin.
During his professional career, Mayor Hinnant has held leadership positions in several national companies including Rollins Environmental Services, SouthEastern Labs, Radiator Specialty Co. and Executive Director NC Hazard Waste Commission in Raleigh. He has also taught wastewater treatment operator courses for the state of North Carolina.
Mayor Hinnant is active in many community groups and teaches a weekly Sunday School class. When not serving the community, he spends time with his wife, Mary, two children and seven grandchildren.
Councilor Dianne Berry begins her third term. Originally from Kannapolis, she graduated from King’s College. She recently retired from the Cabarrus Health Alliance after having held public health positions for over 20 years, including in human resources and as clerk of the board of directors. During her professional career, she also worked for over 20 years for the Trull Clinic of Chiropractic, the NC Chiropractic Board of Examiners and the Kannapolis City Schools.
She is active in the Rotary Club of Kannapolis, currently a member of the board of directors and chair of programs. She also sits on the Cabarrus County Jury Commission and the CK Passenger Transportation Commission. She is currently an independent NC Medicare insurance producer.
She and her husband, Cecil Berry, Jr. have two sons.
Jeanne Dixon is the first African-American woman to serve on Kannapolis City Council. For 30 years she worked for the Cabarrus County Social Services Department before retiring. After retiring, she decided to return to work and served as the Guardian ad Litem District Administrator for Cabarrus and Rowan counties.
She holds a BA in Organizational Management from Barber-Scotia College and is a life member of Price Memorial AME Zion Church where she is active as Director of Christian Education, Missionary Society and Choir.
For 25 years, she has been a member of Sister in Partnership, a community breast health group through the Cabarrus Health Alliance. She is the second vice president of the Cabarrus County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Other organizations she has served include: CVAN Annual Auction Chair, Concord Rotary Club, Community Free Clinic Board, Cooperative Christian Ministry Board, Cabarrus Head Start Policy Council Board, Rowan County Board of Elections Democratic Judge, Rowan Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, Cabarrus Partnership Board for Children and Cabarrus Free Clinic.
In Kannapolis, she served on the Planning and Zoning Council, the Newcomers Committee on Diversity, and is a graduate of Kannapolis 101 and Kannapolis Police Citizens Academy.
Ms. Dixon has received numerous honors for her work, including the Order of the Longleaf Pine, Delta Sigma Theta Citizen of the Year, Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year, Vivian Duncan Christian Educator Award, and the exceptional year of service from the NAACP. Award.
She is married to Thomas and they have a daughter and two granddaughters.
This is also the third term of Council member Wilson. A native of Kannapolis, he has volunteered for the Cabarrus County Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, the Cannon YMCA Board of Directors and the Youth Sports Advisory Board, and as a youth coach at the Cannon YMCA. He was the head coach of women at AL Brown, Kannapolis Middle School and Concord First Assembly. He was the founder and director of the Kannapolis Komet Girls Travel basketball club. He received the South Piedmont Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year award.
He served on the City of Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Commission. He is president of the AL Brown Booster Club, a member of the Kannapolis Rotary Club, where he is Paul Harris Fellow; a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he is a member of the church board, Sunday School president and teacher. A founding member of the Kannapolis Kiwanis Club, he is the current elected president.
He is also a recipient of the Order of the Longleaf Pine. He and his wife Cathy have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Superior Court Judge Martin McGee took the oath of office for Mayor Hinnant and Councilors Berry and Wilson. Lawyer Vernon Russell, a friend of Ms. Dixon’s family, swore an oath to her.
Councilor Ryan Dayvault will act as pro-mayor. During the meeting, outgoing council member Van Rowell was recognized for his service to city council. He served on the board for a four-year term.
A US Army veteran, he worked as a corporate engineer for Fieldcrest Mills for over 20 years in the water / wastewater and environmental fields for the company. He also worked as a branch manager for Dewberry and Davis Civil Engineering, the Water & Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County (WSACC) and was a small business owner.
He has served as a member of the North Carolina Hazardous Waste Technical Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Rockingham County North Carolina Department of Health Board, the City of Stormwater Services Advisory Board of Kannapolis and WSACC Board Member.
He has two daughters and four grandchildren.