Mission Statement of the Martin County Board of Commissioners

We are an elected group of concerned citizens who love Martin County
and provide leadership as an extension of State Government. 
We strive to effectively and efficiently manage tax dollars and resources
and encourage development and job creation by supporting businesses
and promoting Martin County.


 Meet the Commissioners: 

The Martin County Board of Commissioners is the governing body for Martin County Government. The Board consists of five elected officials, three of whom are elected from the eastern district, and two of whom are elected from the western district.

The Board of Commissioners establishes local ordinances, policies and procedures and determines the immediate and long-term goals and objectives of the County.



Ronnie Smith,  Chairman
Western District

9242 US 64
Robersonville, NC 27871
252-217-3701 (C)
Term Expires 2018


Elected in 2002, Commissioner Smith served as Chairman of the Board 2008-2010 and Vice Chairman of the Board 2006-2008. He holds a BS in Intermediate Education from Fayetteville State University and Double Masters from Webster University, St. Louis, MO in Industrial Management & Human Relations. He is a Retired Air Force Officer. He is married to Joyce. He has three children. 



Elmo “Butch” Lilley, Vice Chairman
Eastern District

1035 Grand Canyon Road
Williamston, NC 27892
252-792-5173 (H)
Term Expires 2016


Elected in 1996, Commissioner Lilley has served as Chairman of the Board 2002-2004, 2010-Present and Vice Chairman of the Board 2000-2002, 2008-2010. He is a 1970 honor graduate of NCSU with a BS in Agronomy. He is married to Rebecca. Daughters are Sara, Tara, and Jessica. He has several grandchildren.



Tommy Bowen, Commissioner
Eastern District

1110 Lenora Drive
Williamston, NC 27892
252-792-7605 (H) 252-809-3302 (C)
Term Expires 2016


Elected in 1996, Commissioner Bowen served as Chairman of the Board 2000-2002 & 2006-2008, Vice-Chairman of the Board 1998-2000, 2004-2006, & 2010-Present. He is a Retired State Employee. He currently serves on the following boards: Martin County Department of Social Services Board, Martin Enterprise Board, Martin County Chamber of Commerce Board, and Martin General Hospital Board. Hobbies are working & spending time with grandchildren.. His wife is Mary Jo. Daughters are Tami, Kim, and Billy Jo; Sons are Barry and David. He has five grandchildren and one great grandchild.  




Dempsey Bond, Jr., Commissioner
Eastern District                                     

221 Wildcat Rd
Williamston, NC 27892
252-792-3516 (H)
Term Expires  2016



Elected in 2012. Commissioner Bond retired as Transportation Director of  Pitt County Schools as well as from the NC DMV Division of School Bus & Traffic Safety. He is or has been affilated with the following organizations: Martin County Tourism Development Authority, Mid-East Rural Planning Organization, Southern Albemarle Association (President 2009), State Employees' Credit Union Advisory Board,  Pitt Area Transit Authority, NC Pupil Transportation Association, and the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (Member #5607). He served as Assistant Principal (1967-1978) at W S Etheridge Elementary School, Windsor, NC. He is married to Marykay Walker Bond; has two sons, one daughter, six granddaughters and one grandson.



Joe R. Ayers, Commissioner
Western District

P O Box 279
Oak City, NC 27857
(252)809-2589  (Cell)
Term Expires 2018








Martin County
County Commissioners
305 East Main Street
PO Box 668
Williamson, NC  27892
Phone: 252-789-4300