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City Council

The City of Hickory operates under the council-manager form of government, which combines the political leadership of elected officials and the administrative experience of a city manager. The elected mayor and city council members represent the community, set policy, and guide the long-range vision for Hickory’s future. The city council hires a non-partisan city manager who oversees all city operations.
Hickory was the first city in North Carolina, and the third in the nation, to create and exercise the council-manager system. Since its establishment, the council-manager system has become the most popular structure of local government in the United States and is also widely used in other countries such as Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Hickory City Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building (City Hall, 76 N. Center St.) and are open to the public.

Hank Guess - Mayor

Mayor Hank Guess graduated from Hickory High School in 1977.

Tony Wood - Councilman - Ward 1

Tony Wood grew up in Hickory and after graduating from Appalachian State University, he lived in several different ci

Charlotte Williams - Councilwoman - Ward 2

Councilwoman Charlotte Williams has lived in Hickory for more than 25 years.

Danny Seaver - Councilman - Ward 3

Councilman Danny Seaver grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee and moved to Happy Valley in 1969.

Rev. Dr. Anthony Freeman - Councilman - Ward 4

Dr Anthony Jerome Freeman is a native of Middletown, Connecticut, where he received his calling to the ministry at th

David Zagaroli - Councilman - Ward 5

Councilman David Zagaroli was born in Owosso, Michigan in 1942. He joined the Drexel Furniture Company in 1965.

Jill Patton - Councilwoman - Ward 6

Councilwoman Jill Patton is a lifelong resident of Hickory.

Timothy Swanson - Attorney

Timothy Swanson is a Hickory native and a current partner in the law firm Young, Morphis, Bach & Taylor, LLP, whe