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Durham County Commissioner Brenda Howerton is the epitome of strength in service.  She is recognized as an exceptional public servant that has a presence at the local, state and national level.  She sits on boards, meets with constituents and leads from the heart with great confidence.  Her demonstrated passion, commitment, and tenacity in serving the people is amazing and her achievements outstanding.


She is engaging, inspirational, successful, courageous, good-humored and relentless as a strong voice building a stronger community for the citizens of Durham.


No wonder she has been crowned the “People’s Commissioner.”

Commissioner, Durham County – 2008 to Present

Durham County Boards & Commissions
Vice-Chair county commissioner- 2012- to 2016

Chair-Joint City/County Planning Committee

Durham Technical Community College Board of Trustees

Transportation Advisory Committee

Audit Oversight Committee

Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

Public Health Board

Durham Crime Cabinet

Museum of Life and Science

Lincoln Community Health

State Committees:
Human Relations Award of the Year 2014

North Carolina Association of Counties -President

THRIVE, Task Force, 100 Counties, helping Our Children Thrive"

Social service Regional Supervision and Collaboration Work Group

Emerging Issues Forum, "kidonomic: Investing Early in Our Future"

North Carolina  Association of Counties Criminal Justice Committee


National Committees:

National Association of Counties Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee

Chair Workforce Development Sub- Committee

Large Urban County Caucus

Membership Committee

Community Involvement:

League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties

Downtown Durham Rotary Club

Duke Campus club

Union Baptist Church

Durham Charms





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