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Mayor Jacqueline (Jackie) vdH Sergent, MPH, RD, LDN
After serving two years as a City Commissioner, Jackie Sergent first took office as Mayor of Oxford in December 2011. Now in her 5th term, Jackie maintains an open-door policy for all residents and stakeholders, believing that accessibility encourages community engagement and partnerships; both critical to a thriving community. With 27 years’ experience in local public health, Jackie is committed to weighing the facts and working with others to enhance opportunities for residents and businesses alike to achieve the Board’s vision of “an extraordinary quality of life for all.” Believing also that serving the community is about creating a web of understanding and support, Jackie serves on the advisory boards of the Granville County Emergency Food & Shelter Program, Boys & Girls Club, Families Living Violence Free, as well as on the Granville-Vance District Board of Health and the Foundation Board for UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a member of the Oxford Rotary Club, the Granville County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, the NC and National Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition, and various other local committees. Jackie graduated cum laude from Duke University (BA French) in 1979 and from the UNC School of Public Health (MPH Nutrition) in 1982. She and her husband Hervé, raised their two children in Oxford.
Calvin "CJ"Harris, Jr., Mayor Pro Tem
I am an Oxford North Carolina native. Upon graduation from J.F. Webb Senior High School I left Oxford to attend college. I continued my maternal legacy and graduated from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham North Carolina where I received bachelors degrees in Political Science and History. While being on the board of Commissioners and working full time as well as opening a business, I completed a Masters Degree in School Administration at NCCU. I have also done further graduate studies at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. I am a member of New Hope Granville Missionary Baptist Church. There I am a member of the hospitality committee, member of the Spiritual Voices Choir and the Voices of Hope Mass Choir. I am also a member of the Five County Mental Health Board Authority overseeing operations for over 8,000 clients serving Granville, Vance, Franklin, Warren and Halifax Counties. When I was elected in 2009 I was the youngest elected official in the State of North Carolina. With that distinction I was given the opportunity to meet Vice President Joe Biden of the Obama Administration. I currently chair the Budget and Finance Committee. I am also on the Planning, Business, & Community Development Committee and the Public Safety Committee. I have served the Oxford Board of Commissioners since 2009. I have served as Mayor Pro Tempore since 2015. I am the son of Calvin and T. Carolyn Thomas Harris of Oxford North Carolina. My maternal grandmother is Dorothy Coley Thomas of Creedmoor. I am a member of the Northern Piedmont Chapter of the NCCU Alumni Association, North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, National Association of Black Male Educators, the National Education Association, the Zeta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Blooming Star Lodge #53 of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina and Jurisdiction, Inc.
I am a native of Oxford and a graduate of JF Webb High School. I received my B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Atlantic Christian College/Barton College in Wilson, NC. My wife, Ginnie and I, have lived in Oxford at our current address, since 1978. We have two adult daughters, sons-in-law and three granddaughters. I have been a small business owner in Oxford since 1978. I am a member of Oxford Baptist Church where I have served as a Deacon and Deacon Board Chairman, as well as in other capacities. I was a member of the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years, serving as a Captain and Secretary for 17 of those years. I served on the Oxford Planning Board for 6 years. In 2009, I was elected as an Oxford City Commissioner and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Committees I have chaired include: Budget and Finance Committee; Planning Committee; Business and Community Development Committee; Property, Building and Real Estate, which I currently chair. I continue to serve as the City’s representative on the Downtown Oxford Economic Development Commission’s Board.
I am one of eleven children born to Angus and Sadie Bridges, I am married and have three children, In 1981, I received my Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and began my law career. I was the first judge to preside in Granville, Franklin and Vance counties in the newly established Teen courts. Teen court involves real juvenile cases and teens play every role in court except for the judge. In 2013, I was reelected City Commissioner for the City of Oxford. I currently serve on the Recreation, Parks & Environment committee, the Property, Buildings & Real Estate Committee as well as chair the Personnel Committee.
I was born and raised in Oxford, NC along with my two sisters by our parents Joe and Henrietta Taylor. I graduated from Mary Potter High School and attended UNC Wilmington and VGCC. I am a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving three years and a retired state employee. I have been married to Willie S. Fields 34 years, and we have three daughters; Tameko, Johnathan and Brandie and three grandchildren; Nia, Kyel, and Donnell Jr. I am a very active member of Penn Avenue Missionary Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher, usher, choir member and director of the Youth choir. I also drive a school bus. Recently elected to the Board of Commissioners, I serve on the Public Safety and the Property, building and real estate committees and chair the Recreation Parks & Environment Committee.
I am a native of South Carolina. Married with three grown children. I am a member of Oxford Baptist Church, a deacon and have served as Chairman twice. I received my Undergraduate Degree from Clemson University and my Masters Degree from N.C. State University. I am a US Army veteran and I worked for 29 years with Burlington Industries closing as Division Mgr. of Training & Development. Worked as a consultant in H.R. issues and management development. Managed a customer service operation in RTP. I am active in our community as a Past Post Commander of American Legion Post #90, Past President of Oxford Lions Club, a recipient of Jack Stickley Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Services, a member of the Granville County Human Relations Commission. I have served as a part-time instructor for VGCC.
Born in London UK, I have seven children, 13 Grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren. Before moving to the United States, I worked as a Bus Driver and then as a Paramedic in London, before being recruited by Her Majesties Government. In 1992, I came to the United States where I lived in Michigan with my wife where we bought a small farm. After several years and a divorce, I moved to Florida where I began a career as a Flight Attendant, during which time I taught flight crews Self Defense and how to handle terrorist threats. This in turn led me to meeting my current wife and we've been together for 18 years. After several visits to Oxford when visiting family, my wife and I fell in love with this town and decided to retire and move here, which is a decision we have never regretted. I currently serve as a deacon and chairman of the Ushers at Oxford Baptist Church; I'm a member and former President of the Oxford Lions Club; a recipient of the "Melvin Jones Fellow" Award for dedicated humanitarian services; I volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and in the past, the ACIM in Oxford. I am also a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
I am Teresa Smith Gilreath and I am proud to serve as an elected City Commissioner. I am currently serving as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee; a member of the Planning and Community Development Board; the Public Works, Water and Infrastructure Committee as well as the Granville Greenway Advisory Council. I am a native of Granville County, originally from Creedmoor, and have lived in Oxford since 1993. I graduated from South Granville High School, the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and North Carolina Central University School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree. I am a 2020 retiree from the State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services having worked at Murdoch Developmental Center, Long Leaf Neuro-Medical Treatment Center, Whitaker School, Wright School and the Eastern Adolescent Treatment Facility as an advocate and/or manager. I am currently a Trustee, financial secretary, youth leader and usher at New Light Baptist Church in Wake Forest and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and League of Women Voters. I am married to Vincent Gilreath and we have two school aged children.