Forsyth County, North Carolina

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This information was last reviewed: 6/15/12

Forsyth County is one of 100 counties in North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 350,670. Its county seat is Winston-Salem. The county was formed in 1849 from Stokes County. It was named for Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, who was killed in the War of 1812.[1]

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The good

  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[2]
  • The calendar of meetings[3] and meeting agendas and archives[4] and minutes are available and archived at least three years[5]
  • Names of elected officials, email contact form, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[6]
  • Names of administrative officials, email contact forms, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[7]
  • Permit applications are available for download[8]and zoning ordinances are available[9]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[10]
  • Bids are posted[11], including approved contracts over $10,000[12]
  • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[13]
  • Tax revenues are available[14] and tax rates are published[15]

The bad

  • Individual email addresses for commissioners are unavailable.
  • Individual email addresses for department officials are unavailable, and email contacts for some departments.
  • Lobbyists and lobbying memberships to government sector lobbying associations and associated fees are unavailable.

Elected Officials

Name Title Term Expiration
Bill Whiteheart At-Large Commissioner December 2014
Everette Witherspoon District A Commissioner December 2014
Walter Marshall District A Commissioner December 2014
Debra Conrad District B Commissioner December 2014
Richard Linville District B Commissioner December 2012
David Plyler District B Commissioner December 2012
Gloria Whisenhunt District B Commissioner December 2012

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Ronda Tatum Director Budget & Management
Dudley Watts, Jr. County Manager
Carla Holt Clerk to the Board
Melton Sadler Director Emergency Management
Paul Fulton, Jr. Chief Financial Officer
Scott Angell Director of General Services
John Dean Director Human Resources
Charles Norton Inspections Director
Robert Robinson Director of Management Information Services
Paul Norby Planning Board Director
William Schatzman Sheriff
Norman Hollerman Register of Deeds


  • Total expenditures are $387,351,489, an increase of $5,565,957, or 1.5%. However, when factoring in the increase in debt service of $9,985,926, the operating portion of the budget is down $4,419,969, or -1.2%. Funding for health plans, retirement contributions, and other expenses increased by $1,510,277 was largely offset by operational reductions in the departmental budgets.[16]
  • The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented an Award for Distinguished Budget Presentation to Forsyth County for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010.[17]


The city of Winston-Salem, the county seat of Forsyth County, received $47,456,760 in federal stimulus money through 92 grants and no contracts.[18]

Local taxes

Total taxes account for $284,112,043 of revenue. Ad valorem taxes generated $232,873,138, sales taxes generated $50,529,230, and occupancy taxes generated $450,000.[19]


See also: North Carolina state government salary


See also: North Carolina public pensions


See also: North Carolina government sector lobbying

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