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Mayor Pro-tem Margaret Haynes

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Contact Information

Margaret E. Haynes
City Hall
102 North Third Street
PO Box 1810
Wilmington, NC  28402-1810
Phone:  910.297.5547
Fax:  888.297.5546
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Ms. Haynes was first appointed to serve on City Council in 2008 and has run three successful campaigns for Council since 2011. She sits on several city committees, including serving as chairperson of both the Appointments and Governance committees.

Ms. Haynes was recently appointed to three state-level boards and elected to one national board. She was sworn-in for her third term at the Dec. 3, 2019 City Council meeting and selected again to serve as mayor pro-tem. 

In 2019, NC Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Haynes to the NC State Arts Council. She has also been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina League of Municipalities and the board for NC Women in Municipal Government. At the national level, Haynes has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Women in Municipal Government.

Ms. Haynes is a retired federal employee, having worked for a member of Congress on the executive management staff for a decade. She also established and still manages a successful property management business.

In addition to an undergraduate degree in Political Science from James Madison University, she has a Master’s of Public Administration from JMU.

Community Service

Appointed by Council:

  • December 9, 2008
  • Sworn in: January 6, 2009

Elected to Office:

  • 2011
  • 2015
  • 2019

Number of Terms: 3

City Council Committees:

  • Appointments to Boards, Commissions & Committees (Chair)
  • Evaluation Committee
  • Naming Facilities
  • Wilmington Downtown, Inc.
  • Governance Committee (Chair)
  • Vision 2020 Plan Committee
  • Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts