Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities

Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities


The Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities was established by an ordinance adopted February 25, 1974. The Commission is composed of not more than fifteen (15) members serving without pay. Appointments are made by the Mayor and City Council for a two-year period. A member's seat is declared vacant when that member has been absent without cause for three (3) consecutive meetings or a total of four (4) regular meetings during the year.


The purpose of the Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities is to serve as a formal and continuing means by which the community may be made aware of the needs and abilities of the disabled, to encourage the involvement of the disabled in the daily activities of the community by promoting their gainful employment, removing architectural barriers, and by acting as an educational, public relations and advisory agency to both individual disabled citizens and the community at large to the end that the skills of all our citizens are used to the fullest extent.

Mission Statement

The Rocky Mount Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities is dedicated to creating community awareness, expanding social, economic and professional opportunities, and enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities.

The Commission works to achieve its' mission by:

  • Serving as an advisory liaison to the Mayor, City Council, and the Rocky Mount community on all matters of concern to persons with disabilities;

  • Maintaining an effective and informative communications network that provides program and service information for persons with disabilities as well as agencies whose principal functions are to offer services to such persons;

  • Striving to remove architectural barriers;

  • Promoting the gainful employment of persons with disabilities;

  • Assisting in the development and implementation of new programs and services for persons with disabilities.

For more information on the Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities, please contact the Human Relations Department at 252-972-1181.

Current Commission Members:
  • Lee Gaskins, Chairperson

  • Mary Mann, Vice Chairperson

  • Priscilla Whitaker

  • Johnnie McRae, Jr.

  • Cynthia Steele

  • Ardelia Burrison

  • Richard Arnow

  • Ruth A. Bowens

  • Gloria Valentine Davis

  • Robert E. Cordell, Sr.

  • Tilmon M. Little