Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver announced Friday afternoon she has chosen not to run for reelection. She has held the office of mayor for 10 years.
“I am making this announcement early in the filing period to encourage others to file for this important office. I would love to see a variety of folks file for mayor and have a robust exchange of ideas during their campaigns,” Mayor Oliver said.
“Selma is definitely on the upswing and we need talented folks who have a sincere love of our town and its people to continue to lead us forward,” Mayor Oliver stated.
Mayor Oliver graduated from Selma High School, received a B.A. in English from UNC at Greensboro, and an M.S. in Secondary Education from Pensacola Christian College. She subsequently held a variety of positions in education and business including: Administrator at Friendship Christian Schools in Raleigh where she helped grow the school from K-6 to K-12, Adjunct Instructor for Johnston Community College, and Director of AT&T’s Marketing Strategy and Internet Operations Division at AT&T Headquarters in New Jersey.
In 2006, after returning to Selma, she served on the Selma Town Council and was elected Mayor in 2011. In addition to serving as Mayor, she represents Selma on the Johnston County Economic Development Advisory Board, the Upper Coastal Plains RPO, is the alternate representative on the Electricities Board of Commissioners, chairs the Johnston County Mayors Association, and serves on the Board of Johnston County Industries.